The eye surgeon visited Benjamin yesterday to see how he is progressing since the last vitrectomy. What he saw was pretty positive. He no longer saw any blood in his eyes or scarring and even better – he said that the retinas have partially reattached in both eyes. This is good news. The edges of the retinas are still stiff however. He is hoping they become less rigid over time and can then reattach.
Now I’m not a doctor (I don’t even play one on TV) but the way I imagine it is that the retina is like a movie screen and the front of the eye is like a projector that projects images onto it. Now imagine that movie screen is only partially attached to the wall and all the sides are flapping around and too stiff to lie flat. That is sort of the situation. Now this is an improvement to how it was after last surgery, where the screen was crumpled completely and lying on the floor. And since it’s a movie theater the floor is sticky and has years’ worth of popcorn and gummy bears layered on it. (The metaphor is getting away from me).
Even if I have this completely wrong – the message we received from the surgeon is that this is a positive direction but we still want the rest of the retina to attach in both eyes, but it could take months and months (if it happens at all). And then of course even if everything reattaches the way we hope they will, Ben will still be very visually impaired. But again, no matter what happens it is not going to keep our tough little guy down or keep him from having an amazing life.