We had an eye appointment for our Chubbs today. Before I discuss our findings, kindly observe her eyes in the next few pictures. What do you notice?
If you're saying something right about now about crossed eyes, you are in the same place that I have been for months now.
She had one eye appointment back in the summer, where we were told that her eye sight was great. Because of all of the extra stress her body has been under, it is natural that it takes longer for her eyes to mature and stop crossing.
Well, since that time, I haven't noticed the crossing getting better. I see her settle for long periods of time into a cross and happily keep them there for hours. You'll notice in the pictures above crossing, right? (please, please agree with me) Those are just from the last few batches of pictures. I have lots more, just like those.
Our Pediatrician told me the last appointment that we needed to get Dr. Hastings to take another look at her eyes because if they are crossed for too long, she can lose vision in one of her eyes.
Thus, I dragged Addison in today, fully expecting to be given a patch so that we could fix this crossing.
The first nurse came in, nice lady. She looked in Addison's eyes and asked if the crossing was better.
"No." I replied confidently. "In fact, I think it's gotten worse because she'll stay crossed for a long time" (sometimes it's hard to get a picture of her with uncrossed eyes)
Nurse #1 looks at me strangely, and then leaves.
Nurse #2 (are these people actually nurses?) boldly strides into the room, ready to take a look at this horrible crossing.
"Have you noticed her crossing been getting better?" Nurse #2 asked me. I don't know if she was hoping for a different answer the second time?
I of course, replied again that the crossing has not gotten better. That she remains crossed for a good portion of the day.
Nurse #2 gives a snide, strange look and then leaves.
Next thing I know, I hear Nurse #2 discussing us in the hallway with Dr. Hastings. (Um, I can hear you, people)
She was saying how this baby wasn't crossed and that the mom is insisting that she is. She said that she just couldn't see it and something was obviously up with the mom's over-active imagination.
Dr. Hastings then comes into the room and makes a lame observation that I could probably hear that they were just discussing us. (so brilliant. no wonder she's a doctor)
And then- I am still baffled. She went on to say how much better the crossing looks now.
I looked at Addison and she was crossing her eyes in front of us.
I pointed to them. What did the doctor say?
Addison's crossed eyes are an optical illusion. Apparently because of the extra skin she has over top of her eye, some of the whites from her eyes are covered that makes it appear that her eyes are crossed. Also, because her nose is so flat between her eyes, it makes them appear even more crossed. huh?
Dr. Hastings shined her light into Addison's eyes and sure enough, the light lined up perfectly in the same spot in both eyes.
She went on to say that this optical illusion is exaggerated in photos.
Sometimes Addison does cross her eyes like this:
and that we still have to keep our eye on, but her normal "crossed" look isn't actually crossed at all. Her crossing isn't bad enough to need a patch, glasses, or surgery. We're just supposed to keep watching her.
I guess things aren't always the way they seem. Hopefully as her eyes continue to mature, they will stop appearing to be crossed, but it's nice to know that her vision isn't being compromised.
I feel a little bit like I am the crazy mom. I was so sure Addison was crossing her eyes. Her Pediatrician sent us there because he noticed the eye crossing.
But then I just got pretty much laughed at today at the opthamologist's office. Anyone else dealing with apparent crossing due to the almond shape of the eyes and flatness of nose?
(Side note: sorry if this post gives you the willies. I know crossed eyes can be a bit of a weird subject matter....)