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We took Kody out of town to see the specialist today. He gave Kody an eye exam and then told us that Kody will definitely need surgery on his eye muscles. So Kody is scheduled for surgery September 12th. I'm nervous! He has never had any kind of surgery before.
Does he have lazy eye? Is that what the surgery is for? I've had three kids go through it and its about an hour long surgery with about an hour of recovery time. Plus the hour you have to be there beforehand, makes it about 3 hours from start to finish. There will be bright red blood tears but that is nothing to worry about and perfectly normal. It usually stops within the first 24 hours. They'll give you a cream to apply to his eyelids several times a day to keep out any infection. And his eyes will be bright red for a day or two then will become more bloodshot looking and after about a week, should look mostly normal again. You just have to make sure he doesn't rub his eyes after the surgery.
I'm sure you'll both do fine. Ask any questions you need to. You'll feel better about it if you're prepared.
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Aww poor little fella.. it's not as bad as it seems though. Nate had laser surgery on both eyes in Oct 2004, two weeks apart as the doc didn't want to do them both at once. It was just a few weeks after he came home from the NICU, was still on oxygen... and barely weighed 5 pounds! And his eyes weren't as blood shot looking as I had expected them to be!
Thanks for the info. The red eyes and tears sound gross. But I'm sure I'll get through this. I dont know how to prepare Kody though. I dont want to scare him. I havent told him anything yet. I also wonder if he will be able to go back to school the next day.