Posted by themoneyfamily on July 21, 2009
When we first found out the Penny had cataracts, we realized that any future children we have face a 50% chance of having cataracts as well. I’ve been wondering if there’s anything I can do prior to or during pregnancy that would help lessen that risk – like taking any supplements or whatnot. I did mention it to our PO, who said nothing could be done. But it was the short answer, and I still wondered.
Recently I came across the Ask an Optometrist Blog from the Canadian Association of Optometrists. I submitted my question about preventing cataracts, and was honestly surprised to see an answer in my Google Reader feed today.
’m sorry to hear that your daughter has to suffer this condition. Congenital cataracts are almost always genetic in nature (meaning you are born with them). Because it is a mutation in the genes themselves, there is nothing that you did during pregnancy to cause them, and nothing you could have done to prevent them. It is certainly possible that children from future pregnancies would be affected as well, and there is unfortunately nothing you can do to prevent cataracts. The risk of the genetic mutation being passed on will depend on the inheritance pattern. You can certainly ask your family doctor for a referral to a genetic counsellor to give you an idea of what the chances are of children from future pregnancies developing cataracts.
That being said, cataract surgery is remarkably successful with low risk of complication. Once they are removed, your daughter will have to be followed regularly, but her visual prognosis is good. I hope this helps.
The original post is here.
Just a note about the site, they can only accept questions from Canadian IP addresses.
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Posted by themoneyfamily on May 18, 2009
Definitely an interesting site.
Vision related articles:
I will add more as I find them…
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Posted by themoneyfamily on May 16, 2009
For anyone who ever wondered what they mean, GeorgeB wrote this on the little four eyes blog:
Here’s a helpful tidbit that may help in deciphering the numbers on the frames.
The eyeglass numbers are usually written as: 49-19-135 or they might have small boxes between the numbers on the eyeglass frame.
- The first number in the eyeglass size is the distance across one lens of the eyeglass frame ( does not include the frame)
- The second number in the eyeglass size is the distance across the bridge on the eyeglass frame or sometimes refered to as the DBL(distance between lenses)
- The third number in the eyeglass size is the length of the temple(arm piece) from the front of the eyeglass frame to the end of the temple, which goes behind the ear.
you may also be asked for pupil distance..a measurement from one pupil center to another… measured in mm. A small ruler with cm and mm will help with this. It is needed to ensure the lens centers are in line with the pupils..
Always helpful to know!
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Posted by themoneyfamily on May 13, 2009
Just for curiosity sake, I was looking for other baby/infant glasses for Penny. I came across Coolframes.com, which boasts 90,000 frames and Cool Cash. CoolCash is like a gift certificate you receive when you buy frames from them, that you can use on your next purchase. Like some of the frames I looked at were $9-11 CoolCash. When you have a little newbie like Penny in glasses, you just KNOW you’re gonna need more, so the idea of CoolCash is appealing. I think shipping is free (domestic, which sucks for us because we’re Canadian). And they offer 2 year warranty for $29.95 (this doesn’t cover breakage from the looks of it). There is also a 1 year lens warranty, but not on plastic lenses. All in all, I think Coolframes.com might be worth checking out for parents of babies/infants needing glasses.
I just spoke to Donny, a customer service professional for Coolframes.com, and he sent me a list of frames for infants.
Now just to give you an idea, Penny’s frames are 36 mm (lens width) and 115 mm (arm length) and she’s 4 months old and just about 12 lbs. Oh, that’s another thing I like about Coolframes.com. On each product page, you can see the different sizes available with lens width, bridge width and arm length.
I will keep these guys in mind for Penny’s next glasses!
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