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Continuing our circuit around the Atlanta healthcare system, Eliza brought Fiona in to see the ophthalmologist this morning. Dad got a pass.

Something we learned from the ENT earlier was that newborns with profound hearing loss are also at increased risk to blindness due to a rare genetic disorder called Usher’s Syndrome. From wikipedia, Usher’s Syndrome is a “relatively rare genetic disorder that is associated with a mutation in any one of 10 genes resulting in a combination of hearing loss and visual impairment and is a leading cause of deafblindness”.

Usher's Syndrome, not to be confused with "Usher"

Usher’s Syndrome, not to be confused with “Usher”

We were not terribly worried about this since Fiona’s eyes have been tracking well the last few weeks, but you never know.

Anyway, the doctors visit was short and sweet and there are no early signs of any visual problems right now. Thank the lord.

We will need to check this yearly as the first 10 years are the riskiest, but for now we don’t have to worry about this. And as Forrest Gump would say, “That’s good, one less thing.”