We noticed her eyes going cross-eyed when she was 2 1/2. It only happened when she was excited…she’d get a new balloon, talk about her cousin Ava, hear that we were going to have noodles for dinner – and her eyes would cross inward.
We weren’t particularly worried, but we took her to our optometrist just after her third birthday as a precaution. She sat through the appointment with flawless behavior, surprising the doctor by knowing the entire alphabet and sitting quite still even when the doctor leaned over to put the dilation drops in. Everything looked great. The doctor explained that she would probably outgrow it, but to keep watching it just in case.
This past year was the same. Still crossing – only when excited. But we sensed that she couldn’t see things as well as we could. “Do you see that airplane?” we’d say. “Can you read the book cover?” we’d ask.
Last week, we took her back for another appointment and this time…the doctor recommended glasses.
Here’s what we learned: Almost all children are farsighted (“hyperopia” is the technical term). As children grow, they tend to “outgrow” their farsightedness. Sometimes, however, the eyes needs a little extra “help.” In our daughter’s case, her eye muscles are strong and her eyes are healthy, but she is farsighted with a bit of astigmatism. By having our daughter wear glasses now, it is quite possible that her vision will completely correct itself by the time she enters school.
In a nutshell, the glasses are corrective and will likely be temporary.
It hasn’t yet been a week, but – so far – she doesn’t seem to mind them too much. She was excited to pick out her own pair (“just like mom!”) and she was insistent that they be pink. She loves the matching case and the soft cloth that she uses to carefully clean the glasses every day (so responsible).
That is the story behind her spectacles. She’s just shy of 4 and she looks even older to me now that she is wearing them. Beautiful. Smart. Sensible. Sweet. I can’t get over how lucky I am to be her mom.
Have you taken your child(ren) to the eye doctor? Do any of your children wear glasses?