Editor’s note: Warwick residents, Madelyn Montgomery and her mother, Michelle, attended a meeting of the Warwick Lions Club on Thurs., Nov. 17 at the Landmark Inn. They wanted the opportunity to thank the service club for offering free eye screenings at local preschools and at the two elementary schools in Warwick for over six years. They wrote the following letters to the Lions Club that they would like to share with everyone.
Michelle Montgomery: I just wanted to share my story with you and thank you! Just about six years ago, the Warwick Lions Club came to my daughter’s preschool to screen the kids’ eyes. We got a report that we should see a doctor, we did. We discovered that my daughter, Madelyn, had a form of lazy eye called Amblyopia. Her eyes tested at 80/20 without glasses. But we were told that because it was caught so early this can be about 90% corrected. So Madelyn picked out her first pair of Princess Pink Glasses. I figured if she loved them, she would wear them from morning to night to follow doctor’s orders.
I also cried, thinking my poor little girl had to cover up her beautiful little face with glasses for the rest of her life, but I also knew it was necessary. After her first year wearing glasses, her eyes had corrected to 40/20 with glasses. As she grew, she continued to pick out frames that fit her personality. Sometimes she was instructed to wear a patch over her good eye to force the bad eye to work better. Over the years, she corrected to 20/20 while wearing glasses. This was wonderful. We recently had another follow up appointment with her pediatric ophthalmologist. And to our surprise, Madelyn’s eyes have corrected to 25/20 without glasses. And because now is at the age where Amblyopia neither progresses nor regresses, she was told she could take her glasses off for good!! She is an extremely happy young lady.
I wanted to share this with you, because this was all because of you!! Madelyn’s beautiful blue eyes were saved because of you and what you do. I can’t say thank you enough!! We are forever grateful.
Madelyn Montgomery: When I was about two-and-a-half years old, the Lions Club came to my preschool and checked our eyes. It turned out, I needed to go to the doctor. I still remember when the doctor covered my left eye, I yelled, “I can’t see!” Guess what?? I had what is called Amblyopia, it’s a form of lazy eye where one eye is way out of focus and the other eye is good. I needed glasses to help correct my vision. So I followed the doctor’s advice and wore my glasses all day, every day. Sometimes I had to wear an eye patch over my left eye to make my right eye stronger. I always picked out the prettiest glasses I could find. Sometimes pink, sometimes purple, I think I even had one red pair.
Just a few weeks ago, my doctor told me that my eyes have corrected to nearly perfect and that I could try to go without glasses if I wanted to. I was so happy, I screamed “YES”!
A funny story: Now that I have not been wearing glasses crazy things are happening. My hair gets caught in my eyes, the wind bothers my eyes. I’ve gotten poked in the eye and even got squirted in the eye while peeling an orange.
If the Amblyopia was not caught as early as it was, my right eye would not work very well and as I got older might not work at all. So I am here today to say Thank you to all for saving my eyesight.
MICHELLE & MADELYN MONTGOMERY & FAMILY