It has been a while since we have had to atropine drop. Last week, the ophthalmologist had us use the drops in both eyes for 3 days to get the most accurate measurement that they could. These days were a reminder of why we ended up switching back to patching.
So, you may ask, how in the world do you get the eye drops in. Well, we line up all the babies who are also getting their eyes dropped (for pretend) Then we practice on them, telling them it will hurt a little and praising them for holding still. When I get to the end of the line (Elly) I hop on, hold her arms down with my knees, pry her eyes open with my left hand and drop with my right. This is all done swiftly and in less than a second all the screaming, huffing, puffing, kicking, thrashing, you name it, is over. I then tell her how brave she was and life moves on.
She really hated her glasses for about a week and a half until the atropine wore off, was a bearcat in her disposition, and expressed her distaste in the drops. The good news is that the reading was the most accurate so far and resulted in a prescription changed.
Yeah eye drops and yeah no more eye drops.