What can I say? Our family is surrounded by a caring and generous local medical team of doctors and nurses. Just like our physician, Dr. Rodriguez, and our orthodontist, Dr. Wiger, we also have an outstanding optometrist (eye doctor) caring for Ryan. Thank you Dr. Hinkle!
Dr. Hinkle, who has offices in both Ashburn and Oakton, Virginia stopped by our house today to look in on Ryan. A while back I posted about a condition Ryan has with his eyes. You can view that post by clicking here, but the short version of this post is Ryan has scarring on the cornea of both eyes. It, we believe, is caused by Ryan having incomplete blinks even though enough tear fluid gets to the eyes.
Dr. Hinkle did notice improvement in the right eye. However, the left eye was just minimally better. I had to admire him as he worked in a darkened laundry room to get the best reading from a slit lamp. Never mind this is where we keep the cat’s litter box.
So, the plan of care is to continue applying eye ointment eight times a day. Ryan will need to continue wearing goggles to help retain the moisture. In the meantime, Dr. Hinkle will call around for possible treatments. This might include stitching the eye closed for a while to allow it to heal.