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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Children and Glasses

I am happy to say I got both a picture and a FaceTime call with my little Angel on Monday night.  After I found out she had  astigmatism in both eyes and would need glasses I raced home after work and  immediately went digging through my drawers to find my old pair of glasses.  I thought that if Angel saw that I was wearing glasses she would want to wear hers too.  I found 2 pair of my old future goggles and decided I would pop the lenses out and wear them whenever Angel called.  I faced 2 dilemmas in this situation.  First, my prescription was so bad that when I put my glasses on I couldn’t see anything (remember I had corrective surgery).  I had to put each pair of glasses on and take pictures of me wearing them to decide which one I wanted to pop the lenses out of.  Second, the lenses were so thick they weren’t just going to POP out.  After looking at the pictures I decided on my old Coach pair.  It was around 5:20 and I started calling around to see if there was an eyeglass store close to my house that I could take the glasses to, to have them remove the lenses.  The closest place was 2o+minutes away and closed at 6:00.  I jumped in my car and flew there.  They heated the frames up and popped the lenses out no problem.  The lady asked me if I wanted the lenses and I asked, “Can’t you donate them to a school to be used as a microscope or telescope?”  “No.”  I told her to throw them away.  I didn’t want to put them in my car and risk the sun catching them and setting fire to my car.  That night when I FaceTimed with Angel I had my glasses on and told her that I heard she got super cool glasses and I wanted to be like her.  She didn’t have her glasses at this point.  So I guess all that was for not.  I did take the frames back to the eyeglass store and had them put clear lenses in so that I can wear them.  Hopefully, this will encourage her to wear hers.
Today Angel and her Dad went to pick up her glasses and to make sure they fit her properly.  He told me that when the lady put the glasses on her face she screamed “I CAN SEE!” When he told me this I started crying.  How long has she not been able to see?  I thought about when she would stand too close to the television and I would tell her not to stand so close because it was “bad for her eyes”.  There goes my Mother of the Year Award.  They called me on their way home from the doctor and in the background she was saying, “Look a building and there’s another building.”  It was like she was seeing things for the first time.  I am very thankful to her Dad who took action when he noticed her squinting.  So, day 1 she likes her glasses and is wearing them because they help her see.  Her Dad told me that she has done well wearing them and has only thrown them once. 

Some advice that I would like to give to parents is if you notice your child squinting, turning their head to the side when looking at things, standing too close to the television or not understanding things they see take them to the eye doctor!  It is so worth it.  The sooner the better.  It is too bad children can’t hook up to a computer and have a diagnostic test ran on them.  

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