Friday, February 6, 2015
We hopped, skipped and jumped over to see the eye-ball doctor earlier this week. It turned out to be the longest day in this history of this wonky eye-ball world but in the end it all boiled down to not much news.
Riley's eyes continue to show gradual disease progression. In plain terms his cataract has grown a little, there's a little more accumulated infection and his band keratopathy has gotten a little worse. The doctor said the news isn't great but we're never going to expect to come in and see things are better. At this point a report of stable/very little change is our good news.
The life of the last steroid injection has expired (he had this in July 2013 and it is good for 18 months). We expect that at this point the disease will gain a little bit of an upper-hand, increasing in probability and strength as time passes. The plan at this point is to go back in May and retake scans of the eyes that can be compared with the scans from a year prior. This will give us a clearer picture of disease progression over the last year and will enable us to make a better plan about what to do next.
Riley is not in any pain and is living the normal teenage life, so the only concern we have at this point is preserving his sight for as long as possible. He has started to be more aware of what the future might bring for him and displays a healthy concern for that. He is very interested in seeing eye dogs, not necessarily wanting to need one for himself, and has devoted some time to researching about them.
We appreciate your continued prayers for him.
God is good, all the time!