Strabismus & A New Pair of Glasses

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Ryan wants Legos and Imaginext for Christmas.  Owen apparently just wants a new pair of glasses.

About a week ago I picked him up from school and he didn’t have his glasses on.  This is never a good sign.  It always means they have broken.  And sure enough.  That was the story on this particular day.

But he hadn’t just broken them.  He had mangled them and even lost a lens.  How does that happen you ask?  I actually have no idea.

The mangled portion I understand.  They bend easily and when he pulls them off quickly they get caught and stuck and mangled.  But losing a lens?!  Again, I have no idea.

With our next visit to Dr. Lipsky just being a week or so away, I was hoping to get some insight into whether his prescription would change prior to replacing his missing lens and broken glasses.  Not knowing what the next step of Owen’s strabismus is, I called to see if anything with his treatment was likely to change on our next appointment.

I was told it will just be a quick check-in and that it’s not likely anything will change.  From our last appointment the plan was to monitor Owen for another few months and then this Spring we would determine if he needs another eye muscle surgery.

So for now it’s just status quo.  We replaced the lens and fixed the glasses and Owen is back to wearing them during his waking hours.  He really is so darn cute in them and usually wears them really well.  I can’t imagine him not being in glasses anymore.

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I really actually hope that the plan will just be stay in glasses as long as needed versus another eye muscle surgery. The first one went well last year, but I just don’t care to go through it again.  If you aren’t up to speed on Owen’s 14 month stabismus journey, you can read all about it in these strabismus posts.

And while Owen’s timing couldn’t have been worse with breaking his glasses as Christmas approaches, I’m sure Santa will find it in his heart to bring him a few firetrucks, police cars and other fun things rather than just a new pair of glasses.

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  1. He’s a cutie! Just got back into town after Thanksgiving…couldn’t comment before. Thanks for stopping by my blog last week.

  2. He looks so cute. My friends son has a lazy eye. Doctor wants him to wear glasses but he won’t keep them on.

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Thanks Sarah! Have you tried the little strap thing that connects in the back? We have that on his glasses so they aren’t as easy to take them off and Owen doesn’t seem to mind them at all. I think he has realized that it helps him with his focusing. When he’s not wearing them he will cover one eye with his hand or rub his eyes a lot. How old is your son that needs them? Owen’s been wearing them since he was about 20 months old.

  3. Ooooh, I can sympathize. I had a lazy eye when I was little, and wore glasses from year 5 to about 12. It’s tough doing all the kid stuff in glasses!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      That’s true. I don’t think we’re noticing that much yet since he’s not into sports and such. But he does get irritated when he can’t put on sunglasses like his big brother. My opinion of the glasses may change as the years go.


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