Chapter 25: After My Son’s Strabismus Surgery
A Patient & Parent Guide to Strabismus Surgery
George R. Beauchamp, M.D.
After my son’s strabismus surgery, Matthew has benefited dramatically from the eye muscle surgery. We now look back on our decision and know it was the right course of action for Matthew. Matthew’s depth perception is finally developing. His balance has improved significantly. He now enjoys activities that require him to focus on things close up. His fine motors skills are coming along nicely as is his letter writing which presented such a problem in the past. His confidence is soaring and his social interaction is strong. He still has a need for bifocal glasses, but he has an increased respect for them given all he can do while wearing them. I was so touched recently when he brought home his writing journal from school. On one of the pages he had written about his eyes and how proud he was of them.
It has been quite a journey with Matthew and his strabismus. Occasionally, I look at his first pair of eyeglasses and think how far we have come. Now, his glasses are truly a part of him and they give so much to him. I never tire of seeing the pride on his face as he discovers new abilities resulting from his growing depth perception. He is thriving. If there is one piece of advice that I could pass on to parents faced with similar situations, it would be this: Have trust in your doctor and your doctor’s medical team, be patient and knowledgeable in figuring out the best way to treat your child’s condition, connect with others and have faith that you and your child will work through it together and be stronger for it.
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