Friday, April 22, 2011


Yesterday was Veronica's appointment with the pediatric opthomologist from Oshner's. I had been trying not to worry, but worry I did! There's always the nagging question of "what if? Clint and my Dad both have sight problems, so there was concern that maybe Veronica had inherited it. She really seemed to struggle with the basic eye exam at her four year old well visit in March. I know it happens, but I couldn't imagine putting glasses on a four year old either! Thankfully, she's fine!! Veronica does have a mild astigmatism, but the doctor thought it was best if we didn't do anything just yet. Her vision seemed to be 20/30 and 20/40, but some of that could be age/test related. It doesn't seem to be affecting her much, and it could improve over time... or it could worsen. It's just one of those things we have to wait and see.

One less thing to worry about!!

Next worry - her speech. Now, if only Lafourche Parish School Board employees would step up and DO THEIR JOB. I've been trying to get Veronica in for a speech evaluation but I'm getting no where. Is she really delayed? I don't know. It could be a non-issue, but if she needs help, I'll do what it takes to get it for her.

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  1. If you think a 4 year old in glasses would be a challemge, my mom had to put and try to keep glasses on a one year old!

  2. Anonymous2:55 AM

    I understand the frustration at getting a child in speech therapy. I had to jump through hoops to get my then-four-year-old son in it, too. He improved, though, and by the end of first grade no longer needed it.

    I haven't read far enough back to know what the vision difficulties were at the well visit, but just a thought to keep in mind. My son (same one as above) had so much frustration in school. By first grade his teacher convinced us to have him tested for ADHD, for which he tested positive. For about the last four or five months of first grade, we even gave him Concerta, in desperation to try to help him. It didn't do any good.

    He was not medicated for second or third grade, but still struggled terribly with school, just passing by the skin of his teeth after many, many hours at the kitchen table at home.

    At the beginning of fourth grade, his turn for dyslexia testing finally came due (a whole 'nother set of hoops, but I was trying to get any sort of help I could for him). The counselor at the dyslexia testing center recommended I have his vision tested again at a center in Birmingham before we even went through the dyslexia testing. We had had his vision tested several times before, and he always passed with flying colors, as he did the hearing tests.

    As it turns out, he had double vision (especially at board and desk levels -- he never could copy work from the board or a book to paper), as well as had pretty significant tunnel vision. It was a big shock to both my husband and myself. The great news is there is therapy available! Medicine-free therapy!

    Matt's been in vision therapy/sensory therapy for most of his fourth grade year now, and has just finished the school year with the best grades ever. This year has been one of many changes in him -- both behavior wise and academically. He's not nearly as frustrated and fussy and just plain hard to get along with anymore.

    Sorry to make such a long comment, I just wish I had known signs to look for when he was in kindergarten and first grade, as we could have gotten him help so much sooner than we did.

    A whole lot of the kids with the vision issues -- that almost always test fine on standard eye exams -- have speech issues early on as well.

    Melanie (in Mississippi)