Guess Who Went Blind Again, and Didn’t Know It

Well Teddy pretty much went blind in his left eye and didn’t even realize it.

Who doesn’t notice they can’t see?

Let me backtrack a bit.

Teddy had cataract surgery in October 2015 for one eye and December 2015 for the other because he lost sight that one too.

Teddy went to an appointment to get his eyes checked after having cataract surgery. The doctor noticed a spot, he said it was scar tissue and it was common. It just had to be lasered off, they could do it right in the office. No big whoop.

Then trying go get the appointment. When you call, you ALWAYS seem to  get the recording that they will call you back. If I’m not going to be available to take a call, I won’t leave a message because then it just turns into a long game of phone tag.

I finally got through and got him an appointment, but of course, it’s months away. So we wait.

Now when the kids started at their new school, the school nurse gave them an eye test. She called me to tell me that Teddy failed his test, with his glasses on. I figured it was the scar tissue and told her about it and said he was going to get it fixed and his glasses are really for reading and not distance.

Then fast forward to a few weeks ago when his glasses got broken in a snowball fight.

I asked him SEVERAL times if he could see okay and if he couldn’t we could go get them replaced, I didn’t really want to since I knew he would be getting new ones once the lasers did their magic.

He kept saying he could see fine and actually go annoyed with me because I kept asking. We went to the Dollar Store and bought some reading glasses (one pair was lost within a day).

Ted takes him to the appointment and texts me that he is basically blind in his left eye.


How did he not know?

If my contact lens in in backwards I certainly know. How can you not tell you can’t see?

He seriously had NO CLUE.

I told Stella, she couldn’t believe it either. She was there a bunch of the times I asked him if he could see.

So now he can see and can’t believe how clear everything is.

He can see with both eyes, now it’s a waiting game until the right eyes has the same thing happen.

Do you think he’s going to notice?


47 thoughts on “Guess Who Went Blind Again, and Didn’t Know It

  1. So glad he can now see! I guess kids are so busy that they don’t notice things as quickly as we would. I mean, something like going blind in one eye would be pretty hard to miss – at least for adults.

  2. The funny thing about a chronic condition is that you get so used to it, you really don’t realize it. I have a friend with asthma, and sometimes he’ll be wheezing away. When I ask him if anything is wrong he’s like, “No I”m fine. Why?”

  3. Wow. That’s unreal. I was just going to say the same thing that Stacie said above that when people have chronic conditions, sometimes you just don’t realize it. I really cannot compare my chronic pain issues to your son but sometimes when I go in to see my specialists, they’ll scratch their heads and say “How are you even walking? You should be crippled on the floor right now” and I’ll say “oh. Really?”. Our bodies are weird and they compensate and overcompensate…
    Plus kids…they’re just oblivious sometimes 😛
    Anyways, I’m just so glad that he can see again. What a blessing that is.
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  4. I’m so glad he can see again! It’s hard for us to think about not being able to see out of one eye, but maybe it was just something he got used to and didn’t think about. Kids are funny.
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  5. Oh, he is so young to be having these kind of issues. I feel badly for him…and for you as parents. We have a grown daughter who has PseudoTumor Cerebri (Idiopathic intracranial hypertension), and it build up so slowly that she didn’t realize just how bad her pain level had become. It’s amazing how the medical advances can save eyesight now.

  6. What a funny story- I actually had a relative with similar issues who had one of their eyes fail entirely and her vision had been so poor before she didn’t notice!

  7. Oh wow, it’s good that the doctor was able to catch this. I hope his vision stays clear. Maybe he’ll be able to notice some of the signs earlier next time.

  8. Oh my that must have been a really scary time! I’m glad he can see again. Sometimes kids brush away things, not realizing how important it is.

  9. I could see him not noticing if it happened slowly. I am so happy to hear he can see clearly now. I hope it lasts for him. I hate playing phone tag with my Doctors office.

  10. I’m glad he can see now. Chronic conditions are curious. I’m not understanding how the nurse did and eye test and didn’t figure it out. They usually cover one eye and ask you to read a chart. When his right eye was covered and he couldn’t see out of the left how did the nurse not notice? But it’s great he can see now

  11. I’d guess he got so used to having one or both eyes having poorer vision that he simply got used to it. To him maybe it was that way for some time so he didn’t mention it? I didn’t know bowling pins had stripes until I was about 10 and got my first pair of glasses. I didn’t know I was almost legally blind.
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  12. Omg glad he can see no!!! This reminds me when I was a kid. I have had horrible eyes since I was born and didn’t realize I couldn’t see things all the time!!! I gues it was because I thought that was normal lol…

  13. It’s really hard to know what’s going on when you’re a kid. Addie told us she could hear, but she can’t. Like not even a little. There’s no way- we had her tested in office and neurologically. Sometimes, they just don’t make the body/brain connection yet. So frustrating, but glad that you got through and worked it out!

  14. I would be wondering how he didn’t know either! I’m the say about my vision and notice any little thing wrong – poor kiddo, but glad he’s seeing better after the doctor visit!

  15. Kids and their vision. My kids’ vision changes on a dime it seems. My son went from 20/20 a year ago to a bad astigmatism in one of his eyes. He was told to wear his glasses all the time now, but it’s a struggle.

  16. Poor guy! It’s easier than you think to not realize your vision is off. It took me years to realize my eyes were bad and the reason for my daily migraines. Went to the doctor and he said my brain was overcorrecting. Who knew…I still can’t get over the difference of my vision with my glasses on. I still will remove them and put them back on several times to see the difference.

  17. I think that maybe the reason that he didn’t notice is that he doesn’t focus much on it, but i am so glad when I read that he can see now. Hope everything will turn out fine.

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