Hi, I'm Kitt
I was born with congenital glaucoma in 2017. Most people don't realise you can be born with this rare condition, it occurs in 1 in 10,000 births in the world but the rates are more like 1 in 750,000 in Australasia.
I was very lucky to be born in Melbourne, this meant that I was quickly diagnosed and put under the care of specialist doctors at the Melbourne Children's Eye Clinic and the Royal Children's Hospital. Dr Ruddle my specialist and surgeon is my hero.
We started eye medications straight away and I had my first operation to relieve eye pressures at 9 days old. We tried several different procedures over the course of 5 operations, all within my first 4 months, but ended up with tube shunts in both eyes and an Iridectomy in my right eye.
Pressures seem to have stabilised for some time now with the shunts and nightly medication drops - celebrations!
I am such a happy, chatty little girl and have adapted well to my impaired vision (my hearing is incredible). It sure will be interesting to see just how my future will unfold.