Sunday, May 13, 2012


We had Whit's annual eye exam with Dr. Buckley recently.  We were THRILLED to hear that her vision is excellent!  She is seeing 20/20 in both of her eyes.  Yippee! 

I was thinking back to some of our first visits at the Duke Eye Center.
Look how little she was!
Two-year-old Whit and her then-crush Dr. Buckley

The patching, surgeries, and visits seemed never-ending.  I was afraid my little girl would never have normal vision.   I was afraid the first thing people would notice about her would be her not-quite-aligned eyes.  I worried about how that would affect her education, her range of choices for sports and activities, her ability to make friends. It consumed my mind and stressed me out.  It was terrifying.

 Fast forward six years....
Dr. Buckley hasn't aged a bit.  :)

At this point in our lives, Duane's Syndrome feels like a thing of the past.  While it is a congenital disorder and has no "cure", the symptoms are barely visible in Whit.  She is thriving in school, both academically and socially.  I don't feel like she is limited in any way by her eyesight.  We've come a long way.  And I'm so grateful for the access she had to Dr. Buckley and his life-changing surgeries.

At the end of her appt, he said, "Come back in a year or two."  We'll take two, thank you very much.


  1. Hooray for good doctors, faith, and Whitney's strong spirit!

  2. Oh,and for dedicated parents who kept up with all those appointments and all that patching and everything else, too.

  3. What absolutely wonderful news. I remember many posts where you reported on your visits to Dr. Buckley (and I love that Whitney had a crush on him; he is pretty cute). So, so happy for all of you.

  4. Great to hear such a good report. Thanks for the update.
    Dr. Buckley does seem ageless.

  5. LOVE that picture of 2 year-old Whit and her boyfriend. She is such a cutie. Glad to hear her vision is doing so well!!!

  6. Is she over her crush? Does she remember having a crush on him? Too cute!

  7. Whit is still very fond of Dr Buckley, but I wouldn't call it a crush anymore. Guess she's growing out of that phase. :)

  8. Andrea - I was just thinking, after we returned from visiting you, that Whitney is just as normal a normal little girl as could be! It's not even an issue - and she's 20/20. That is truly a miracle of no small meaning. Thanks for this post.
    XO to all of you!