Meet Captain Luah! (aka Chasen)

Some of you may already know this, but a couple weeks ago Chasen was diagnosed with an eye condition called Amblyopia. It is a disorder where the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together properly. The eye itself looks normal, but it is not being used normally because the brain is favoring the other eye. This condition is also sometimes called lazy eye. We are now starting “patching treatment” which means that he has to wear an eye patch over the good eye for 4 hours a day to force the bad eye to work harder and hopefully strengthen it to make it equal to the good eye.

To top it off he now has glasses to wear all the time, so we are going through a little bit of an adjustment period. He is really doing a great job with the whole thing. He makes us refer to him as Captain Luah” while he is patching and his preschool teachers even had a pirate day at school on his first day back with the patch. They had all the kids where eye patches and made a big deal of making him feel special about his special patch and glasses.

Anyway…the kids were with me on the photo shoot for the cover the other day and of course he just had to have his time in the spotlight as well so I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of him with his glasses and patch. They aren’t the best photos but he NEVER wants his photo taken so I had to take advantage of it when I got the chance!


One comment

  1. Anonymous · January 19, 2008

    My husband had the same problem as he was growing up… Probally around the same age as Chasen. If I hadnt seen those pictures of when he was a kid with the patch, I would have never of known he had a lazy eye. Of course he says he parents never let him take it off… lol Pirate it is!!!!Jody

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