We had our first appointment with the pediatric opthamologist last Friday for Avery’s blocked tear duct. The appointment went very well and exceeded all of my expectations. I’m not nearly as nervous about it as I was before visiting the doctor, which is incredibly relieving.
As soon as we got to the office, they brought Avery in a dilated her eyes so that the doctor could get a good look inside of her eye. Once dilated, we went into the eye exam room where the doctor performed a series of tests on her eyes. The tests were easy and required very little effort on Avery’s part. He looked at her eyes with a light, saw how well she was tracking objects, and covered each eye individually to see how her eye reacted. Avery didn’t even realize that she was being examined.
We concluded the visit with a follow up appointment in three months. If the blocked tear duct has cleared up by then, then it requires no surgery to correct it. Yay! If it hasn’t cleared up by then, then we need to do the procedure to unclog it.
All in all we were in and out within an hour, which makes for a great appointment and two happy girls ( I had to bring my toddler along.) The appointment was rather insightful and full of information that I didn’t find online while researching the subject. I feel so much more informed and relaxed about the subject than prior to the appointment.
For those of you that have a little one with a blocked tear duct and are looking for information on the subject, here are seven things that I learned from our pediatric opthamologist about a blocked tear duct.
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