The surgery wasn't too bad, the hard part was keeping Ella from rubbing her eyes, especially in her sleep, and the eye drops several times a day was no picnic. But otherwise Ella didn't seem to experience any pain from the surgery. We were told that she may have to have surgery again at sometime in the future and that her prescription would likely improve after the surgery, though she has a bad enough astigmatism that she will likely always need glasses.
So, about a month and a half or so after surgery we head back into the eye doctor to see if her vision has changed. Indeed it did! It went from a +2.25 in both eyes to a +1.0 in one and +2.0 in the other. I was telling the eye doctor about this weird thing that Ella was doing, if I were to hold out a flashcard and ask her what color it was she would kind of look at it but would then turn her head really quick and just blurt out some random color. The doctor was saying it was likely some behavior issue, and I said I didn't really think so that it was just really strange when she did it. So she tried out a few things and low and behold Ella was having focusing problems. From what I understand (which could be completely wrong, LOL) when someone is farsighted and they try to focus on something up close their eyes cross from straining to focus and that is what was happening to Ella, even though she was wearing her glasses. And of course when you cross your eyes things get blurry. So, while she was wearing her glasses the eye doctor held up an additional lens and it allowed Ella's eyes to relax and focus right in on what the doctor was holding up. So, Ella now wears bifocals. There is just something so wrong about a 4 year old needing bifocals to me! The good news is that Ella could grow out of her focusing problem, the doctor said in fact most kids do by the age of 8 or 9. We had some major problems with getting her bifocals fitted just right. In small children the bifocal line is supposed to dissect the pupil, meaning that the bifocal line is supposed to sit right in the middle of the pupil (which for the record would drive me insane.) Ella wasn't exactly the most helpful child with the glasses place was trying to draw a line on her old glasses to line it all up. When the glasses came back the line was above her entire eye and the lady tried convincing me that they were right and to give it a week. The next day I hauled Ella into the eye doctors and showed them and I was right, they were awful, so they drew the lines on themselves and after about a month of back and forth she finally got the glasses back and they were correct. I have spent $600 on glasses (she has 2 pair) in the past year on Ella that's not including the $200 that our insurance covers every other year. Ella has been wearing her bifocals since the end of June and does really well with them! Here they are....
You have to look really close to see the line. They look below her eye but if you are looking at her at exactly her eye level they are where they are supposed to be : )
These were taken Wednesday morning, Ella's school picture day, we were practicing : )