Lucas was born in January 201x. During the hospital discharge screening on day 3 the registrar could not see a red light reflex in his left eye. After additional reviews by the consultant, Lucas was diagnosed with a likely left congenial cataract. On day 5 we attended the children’s hospital for an urgent consult, and surgery was scheduled for February (7 weeks of age) for removal of the significant left congenital cataract.
My son Jimmy was born 14 weeks premature, weighing 704g. During his 129 day hospital stay, he had numerous eye checks and everything appeared to be fine. After a few months of being home, I noticed he was going cross-eyed and started showing signs of nystagmus. I immediately got my GP to refer us to our state children’s hospital to get them checked.
At the appointment, the eye specialist informed me that Jimmy had cataracts, the right eye slightly worse than the left. I was speechless, I thought cataracts were something old people got
Our story began when Dane was six months old. I took him to the GP to get his immunisations and checkup. It was all very routine until the doctor said she could see something at the back of his eye and asked another doctor in the practice to come and have a look. Whenever a doctor asks another one to come and give a second opinion alarm bells start going off in my head!