A Trip to the Eye Doctor

I don’t know about your kids, but my youngest has definitely figured out that he does not like doctors. The instant we walk through the doors of the waiting room, into the office, he will sit down on the floor and start to cry. He knows that he does not like the whole experience! So, he is not very cooperative either.

At our last well child visit, his pediatrician had some concerns. I mentioned to him that my son had extreme light sensitivity. And, when I say extreme, I mean EXTREME! He would scream in the car like he was being tortured when sunlight hit his eyes. They would water excessively and he would say to me, “eyes, eyes!” It was heart breaking. He refused to wear his sunglasses. In addition, when we were indoors, he would often complain about his eyes then too. Especially when on his back on the changing table. He would cover his eyes and whine when I would change his diaper, and I often had to do it in the dark to make him happy. This did not seem normal.

So, after mentioning all of this to my doctor, he suggested a trip to a Pediatric Ophthamologist to rule out Glaucoma. I was worried, but also confident that nothing would be found. We had no history of glaucoma on either side of our family. But, we wanted to make sure.

So, needless to say, when we walked through those doors again, he was not happy. But, we made it through the visit. They put drops in his eyes to dilate them. They were pros, and I was thankful for how easy they made everything.

When the doctor came in, my son kept covering his eyes. He did not want anymore people looking at them! Last, when the doctor pulled out his final contraption to take a look, it was a pointed tool, with a little light on the end. My son thought it was a candle. He started blowing that candle out right away. Luckily, this distracted him from everything else, and the doctor was able to finish up quickly. We all got a good laugh out of him blowing out the candle at the eye doctor. He just had a birthday, and has become a little obsessed with candles.

I’m glad to say that his eyes are perfectly normal. The doctor said that he was just more sensitive to light than your average child. I was so thankful for a staff of experienced doctors and nurses who work with kids often. And, calmed the fears of a worried mother! Now, he keeps his sunglasses on.

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at www.fakingpictureperfect.wordpress.com