A few days ago, a doctor came and examined your eyes for Retinopathy. Apparently, when he pries open the eyes of babies, its such an unpleasant thing to watch that parents are requested to wait elsewhere while the procedure takes place. We heard you crying from down the hall, a considerable feat on your part given that your vocal cords are still stunted by your time on the endotracheal tube. The doctor was basically examining arterial growth in your eyes. If there is too much growth, it causes damage. The process took only a moment.
After he was done, he was able to diagnose right away: Stage 1 Retinopathy. Because 24 weekers have a 75 percent chance of some kind of Retinopathy, this isn't unexpected. In a way, it's even good news. Stage 5 Retinopathy is the worst. Complete blindness. Stage 3-4 Retinopathy result in visual difficulties. Stage 1-2 is not an imminent concern. The doctor has to return a few times to check on your eyes because Retinopathy between stages 1 and 4 can progress to more severe stages, at which point we'd need to treat you. For now, though, we're not very concerned. Stage 1 Retinopathy will probably resolve on its own and if it doesn't there are many ways to treat it. And besides, lazy eyes might not be such a bad thing. I always imagined you wearing glasses.