I have never had any concerns about Mermaid’s vision, I figure if she can get up at 2 am, navigate to the fridge, get the juice and bring it to me in bed all in the pitch black, we are pretty safe. However, a specialist at OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) advised we see an opthalmologist to check for any abnormalities. This was conveyed to us at our last check up with her normal Dermatologist.
Why you ask? Well, there is a syndrome connected to Mermaid’s condition called Epidermal Nevus Syndrome.
Epidermal nevus syndrome’s are a group of rare complex disorders characterized by the presence of skin lesions known as epidermal nevi associated with other abnormalities. Most often affecting the brain, eye and skeletal systems.
The ocular abnormalities may include cataracts, clouding (opacity) of the cornea or partial absence of tissue of the iris or retina (colobomas).
I was lucky enough to speak with other parents in our support group that had experience with this and see some pictures of “keyholes” in their little ones eyes. Going in I felt confident we would be cleared of any abnormalities but there is always that chance. Below is an example of what a Keyhole may look like.
We could not have been blessed with a nicer Dr. She sat on the floor with Mermaid, used puppets and let her play with all her instruments. It was fairly lengthy as they had to dilate her eyes with tests before and after but because the staff was so great she was a superstar. The 2 suckers and stickers didn’t hurt either.
We are happy to report that Mermaid was cleared from both cataracts and colobomas at this time. She does however, have Myopia. She scored slightly under where a child of her age should be on the diopter reading meaning that she may end up needing glasses.
Wait! A mermaid that is nearsighted? How can this be? Mermaids need to see through the ocean waters, they don’t wear glasses, they CAN’T be nearsighted! They just can’t!
Or can they? I found this little gem today and feel as if it was written just for Mermaid and I.
When Oliver’s explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some new, unexpected friends: a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are even more exciting, unusual, and full of mischief than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea captain in time to save Mom and Dad?
Did that just say a NEARSIGHTED MERMAID? I am already inpatiently awaiting our new book and will be watching my mailbox like a hawk.
I must admit, the thought of my Mermaid in glasses is too adorable.
A little myopia is nothing, today is a good day. Mermaid 1 – Nevus 0!
Thanks for walking with us today,