This morning we had Teague’s first eye appointment at the Eye Clinic at Children’s Hospital. The doctor immediately told us he thought we might have another issue besides ptosis (drooping eyelids). He did an initial exam and then dilated Teague’s eyes. The exam after the dilation was hard on Teague. He definitely didn’t like it and had to be held down while the doctor opened his eye.
The doctor told us Teague couldn’t move his eyes up. The clinical name is “congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles”. Although this can’t be completely corrected, surgery can be done to improve eye alignment and help Teague not always have to raise his chin. We are to continue patching for two months and then return for a second visit. The doctor recommended doing the surgery fairly soon after the second visit. Ptosis surgery would still be needed when he is 4 or 5 years old, but they will most likely not raise his eyelids as much as if it was just ptosis.
On an different note, they gave us tons of eye patches and I learned they come in fun prints for kids.