In old photos, Tara appears to have the more pronounced eye turn, but using patching and glasses she did not need to have surgery. Tracie was not so lucky and had surgery when she was 6 years of age. “I remember being so scared of the surgery,” she said. “I woke up afterwards and my favorite doll, who we called Patooty, was in my arms. She had a surgical cap on and was bandaged. It made me feel so good.” The girls brought Patooty to every appointment, and to this day Tracie still has the doll, dressed as it was the day of her surgery 30 years ago. “We loved coming to Madison,” Tara recalled. “Our parents would say we had to come here and we would jump for joy.” Tracie added: “The appointments were so interactive. It wasn’t scary at all to see him.” So when Tracie’s daughter Ruby, 4, needed to have her eyes checked, Dr. Kushner was the first choice. He examined Ruby’s eyes a few times because pre-school testing pointed to potential abnormalities. Dr. Kushner said that, “because Tracie and Tara’s strabismus did not show up right away, it’s important to pay attention to anything that is concerning on screening exams.” Cases of strabismus are sometimes hereditary. In fact, Jean Derbick also had strabismus. She had eye muscle surgery as a young child and then again with Dr. Kushner when her twins were in high school. To learn more about strabismus, download Dr. Kushner’s book.
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