Hugo had his visit with the orthoptist yesterday. I was in a complete tizz by the time we got there because we were running late getting out the door, then I got lost (only slightly but we didn’t have the time to spare) and then I had to circle the block three times to get a park.
We only ended up being five minutes late, though, so it wasn’t so bad.
The orthoptist we saw was from Westmead Children’s Hospital. I love the staff from that place. Everyone there has a big bag of tricks to make medical appointments so much easier for kids and parents. The orthoptist has lights that looked like toys and things that flashed and made sounds and a whole raft of things to get Hugo to look where she needed him to look.
She was also really patient and totally relaxed with him. Hugo, in turn, sat quietly on my knee, smiling and just generally being his usual agreeable self. I was a little surprised he wasn’t cranky because the appointment was at 2.50 and he’d had no afternoon sleep, but he was totally fine.
Anyway, the upshot is that she doesn’t think there is a problem. She said his muscles all seemed to be doing what they were supposed to be doing, he was looking straight and his vision appeared to be equal in both eyes.
She said that babies often have a little fold of skin at the corner of their eyelids closest to their noses which can slightly cover the edge of the white of the eye. Because the folds are just the tiniest bit uneven on Hugo, it can give the impression that he’s turning one eye a little when he’s not really.
She said the skin folds are drawn forward and disappear as the bridge of the nose develops and over the course of the next year the suggestion of an inward turn should become less and less perceptible and then disappear all together.
She wants him followed up in a year just to be completely certain everything is fine, but so far there doesn’t seem to be anything to be concerned about.
It’s the outcome we expected but good news nonetheless.