Say hello👏 to our patcher of the week, Malone! 🤩
Malone was born with PFV, a unilateral congenital cataract, and optic nerve coloboma in her left eye. A one in ten thousand diagnosis.
In Malone's mum's own words, "So essentially Malone was born unable to see out of her left eye due to an opacity of her natural lens. And to top it off, she developed an abnormal optic nerve. Fuck. The prognosis for this combo is poor. Surgically, the lens can be removed and an artificial one placed.
Patching can help force the brain to use that eye. However, with an optic nerve coloboma, there are no guarantees any of the images she sees will actually make it to her brain, thus rendering the eye useless. Welp, we either sink or swim (tbh, I’d rather float but whatever). So we begin her lifelong journey to try to gain some vision in her left eye. She will never be “cured”, she won’t “recover”. It’s something she will deal with for the rest of her life. But her life will still be good. Damn good 💪🏼. Even if she ends up a one-eyed babe 😜! "
We love the dedication Malone and her family have shown towards improving Malone's Vision 😍, and the Ophthalmologist is already blown away with the progress! Malone is currently 2 years old and patches everyday for 6 hours and we hope with her future vision check-ups this will be reduced as her vision improves. We are cheering you on Malone and so happy to be on this journey with you. Follow along Malone's special journey @eyemnotalone Thank you to her Mum for letting us share her special story and to help spread further awareness 🙏🏼✨