Jeremy was born with cataracts in both eyes, and was operated on at two weeks to remove the most dense of these cataracts. Owing to his age and his microcorneas, it was not possible to insert an intraocular lens at this time (the standard of care for most cataract operations) and instead, he was required to wear a contact lens in his right eye from five weeks old.
According to Jeremy’s mother “The journey has been a long and arduous one at times. There were very dark days when it came to putting the lens in his eye and worrying about his future. It was so critical that he wear the contact lens as much as possible, but as you can imagine getting this into a newborns tiny eye and then expecting him not to rub it out can be very challenging. As he got older and stronger and started fighting it, we found it even more difficult and very emotionally draining for everyone”
At around six months old Jeremy developed glaucoma in his right eye, and was on medication for several years, eventually having surgery to insert a drainage tube to bring the pressure down.
At age 4 Jeremy had surgery to remove the less dense cataract from his left eye, and an intraocular lens was inserted at this time. To date, his pressures remain stable and there are no obvious signs of glaucoma in the left eye.
Jeremy has started kindergarten at a mainstream school and is doing exceptionally well. With some support from an itinerant low vision teacher, he is keeping up with his friends in all areas of school work, and is particularly passionate about maths and science. Jeremy does martial arts, swimming and chess and wants to become an inventor when he grows up.
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