-Mommy & Daddy
Bryce Martin's Story
Every new parent has hopes and dreams for their child. Bryce Keith Martin is our only son and he was the cutest, strongest, and most perfect new born on the planet.
During the first 2 months Bryce was here, he was no different than any new born with feedings every 2 hours, no sleep, and the endless dirty diapers. At first, we feared that we would do something wrong with this fragile newborn. But Bryce was growing everyday, and he was our perfect boy.
When Bryce turned 2 months, we noticed that his eyes made strange movements. Of course, we searched the internet and mentioned it to our pediatrician to find that it is common for infant’s eyes to move so we chalked it up to that. At 4 months of age his eyes were always searching and bouncing here and there. We discussed it with our pediatrician and he referred us to a pediatric ophthalmologist.
After the appointment with the pediatric ophthalmologist, we received news that no parent wants to hear. Something was not right with Bryce’s optic nerve. The ophthalmologist really did not want to say what it was exactly and he referred us to a specialist for more testing. This appointment was with the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.
Our world would never be the same again. Bryce was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and is visually impaired. As parents with sight we knew nothing about the world of raising a visually impaired child.
Getting information and assistance was a challenge. This led us to start the Bryce Martin Foundation to support visually impaired children along with their families.