Update on Zoe

I was looking at a picture of Zoe that we took Monday evening, and I think it was the first time I really internalized just how straight her eyes are now.  And I felt the need to share.

July 27, 2008 - just after we made the decision to go ahead with the surgery.

July 27, 2008 - just after we made the decision to go ahead with the surgery.

Oct. 5, 2008 - 6 weeks after the surgery.

Oct. 5, 2008 - 6 weeks after the surgery. (the real miracle in this picture may be that daycare got a ponytail in her hair)

To say I’m relieved and pleased would be such an understatement as borders on ridiculous.   Just seeing her eyes so straight, and seeing her look at me through both of them is enough to get me teared up.  It was actually pretty hard to find a comparison photo from before the surgery because I never took pictures of her straight on because I knew her eyes would be crossed and I didn’t like how that looked.  I still believe that surgery should be a last option, and if her eyes had been straightened with glasses, we would have been very happy to continue with just glasses.  Since that wasn’t the case, I’m very, very happy that we did the surgery.

8 responses to “Update on Zoe

  1. Your Zoe is beautiful, and her blue eyes are amazing! We too have been thrilled with the results of our daughter’s strabismus surgery. Her right eye still strays in a tiny bit and she most likely will have to have another surgery on it in a few months, but I think that if you didn’t know her you would even notice it upon meeting her. The second surgery will be strictly to further improve the vision aspect, and I think that now that we have the first one under our belt it will be easier- the not knowing what to expect was the hardest part. Of course, SHE will know what is coming this time- ignorance was bliss on the first one.
    It is such a relief to not have to think about the crossing constantly anymore, don’t you think? I didn’t realize how much I thought about it, especially when meeting new people and bracing for the inevitable questions…. now we are just down to the “She’s so little to be wearing glasses, how did you know, etc.” kind of questions…. it feels nice.


  2. h t,
    Adults can have the surgery. Please visit the eyesapart group on yahoo. (search yahoo groups, eyes apart), you will have to join the group to read posts but there are several adults on the site who have surgery. You can also visit http://www.strabismusforum.com. As an adult, you will still need to make an appt with a pediatric ophthalmologist. Good luck! Hope to see you around!


  3. Ann!!!!
    I am soooo happy for you- how beautiful is that??? She looks great, great, great!!! I am also still happy with Braden’s surgery. I will try to get a post up soon. I have had a HORRIBLE month, plus went back to school.

    ANYWAY- she look fabulous- isn’t it wonderful to see that straight on look!!


  4. Thank you Linda and Keeley! We’re thrilled.

    Linda, I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a rough month, and going back to school is not easy. I’m looking forward to reading your update on Braden. Take care.

    h t, definitely check out the site that Linda linked to, I have heard of many adults having strabismus surgery. Best of luck to you!


  5. I’m SO encouraged at posts like this. My 7 month old has strabismus. For now we’re just patching but my doctor feels sure the end result will be surgery. It makes me feel like we’re headed in the right direction when I read posts like this =)


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