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Have your eyes examined!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Tony Oppenheim, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Tony Oppenheim

    Tony Oppenheim

    Nov 17, 2005
    Author, Slap It! Funk Studies for the Electric Bass

    As the subject says, have your eyes examined regularly.

    Our youngest daughter Lily (she's 9 going on 10) was just this week diagnosed with an optic nerve glioma in her left optic nerve (a glioma is a tumor of the optic nerve where the nerve cells themselves become tumorous and cease to function).

    We took her in for her regular eye exam last week. The exam revealed that she had lost most, if not all of the sight in her left eye.

    Lily had seemed perfectly normal right up until the eye doctor discovered her condition. It was just time for her regular check up. She had no headaches. She had not noticed the vision loss herself. She's on a softball team and was playing right up until the day before the eye exam, so clearly she had compensated for the vision loss already. We never noticed anything that would have indicated she was not seeing with her left eye. Her appearance is that of a totally normal kid.

    We're told that the vision loss is most likely permanent, and she has a hard road ahead in the next weeks as her treatment is started, but believe it or not the good news is that as of now the right optic nerve is not affected or involved. This means that it should be possible to save the vision of her right eye.

    Had it not been for the regular eye exam the first notice we might have had of this illness might have been when she lost sight in both eyes, at which point she would have likely been permanently blind.

    This is because this particular problem, if left unchecked, is likely to spread from one side to the other, so the earlier it is discovered the better chance there is to salvage some vision.

    We still don't know what caused it, and we may never know, but luckily (if you can call it that) at least it was caught, we hope, in time to save the vision in her right eye.

    Please get an eye exam, and if you have kids make sure they are all screened once or twice a year (twice is better if you can afford it).

    Thanks for reading....


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