On May 6, 2015 we welcomed beautiful twin boys into the world – Jacob and Elijah. About 6 months later, we started to notice Jacob’s right eye was drifting. Thinking it was a lazy eye that just needed to be patched, I made an appointment with the ophthalmologist. On December 7, 2015 at what I thought would just be a standard eye appointment, the doctor informed me that Jacob’s retina had totally detached and he is permanently blind in his right eye.
At first the fear was that the retinal detachment was caused by retinoblastoma (an eye tumor) but after months of tests they were able to rule any malignancy out and he was diagnosed with Coats’ Disease, which was a tremendous relief.
Jacob is now 3 and you would never guess he is blind in one eye. He wears protective eyewear to keep his left eye safe but other than that, he is runs, jumps, and plays like any other little boy. We give him eye drops daily to keep the inflammation and glaucoma under control and one day his eye may need to be removed but we are thankful everyday for our perfectly imperfect little man!