I've been meaning to write this for a week now, and haven't found the time. Both boys had their check-up with the ophthalmologist last week, and the news was all good. Gabe's lazy eye has finally stabilized, and the doctor doesn't think his vision will get any worse than it is now. He's a good candidate for corrective surgery when he's done growing, and it looks like we could be done patching for good. This thrills us all! Some of you may remember a couple of years back when he broke his nose running into a light pole, which he didn't see coming because of the patch over one eye!
Timothy, who now knows all his letters, was reading 20/100 with each eye. For those of you who don't eat, sleep and breath eyes, this means that he sees as well or better than many near-sighted people see without their glasses or contacts. While his vision isn't expected to improve much more than this, we're pretty happy for our "blind" child to be seeing this well. Nearly three years ago, we were told we would be lucky if he had light/dark differentiation, so this is nothing short of miraculous. The doctor is amazed. Kids with occular albanism rarely reach this level of of vision. Timothy's life will never be perfectly "normal". He probably won't drive a car or play on his high school sports teams. But he also won't attend a school for the blind or need help navigating outside of his home. We're more thankful than we can say for how far he's come in his short life. God has blessed us. Again.
There, serious moment over. Please put away your hankies and prepare for the return of silliness.