This week began a new challenge for me as a mom. Our 20 month old daughter, Bitty, began wearing perscription glasses. We had noticed the normal newborn “cross eyes” never went away for her and we, in fact, getting worse. She she was focusing on something her eyes, especially one, would cross in and then at other times one or both eyes would cross at random. We asked the doctor at her last Well-Child check up and she told us it was definitely time to get her to a specialist! So a week ago, we walked into the eye clinic in town and saw an eye doctor who specializes with pediatric eye issues. I was amazed at the tests he was able to do without freaking her out. She had started to cry when we walked in the room and she saw all the big equipment! He was so patient and thorough; and most definitely confirmed the lack of muscle control in her eyes, especially in the right eye. He has prescribed her glasses to see if that will help the problem and after several evaluations if the problem is not getting corrected–well, we’ll just have to cross that bridge when we get to it.
I would be lying if I said I at peace with all of this. I mean, I’m thankful we’re catching this hereditary (maternal Aunt) problem early on, but it was breaking my heart as we tried glasses on my little girl! So little! I figured with my husband’s family history of weaker eyes and the few in my family that one (or possibly all) of our kids would end up with glasses some day, but NEVER did I expect it to happen at 20 months when they were still a toddler. Our other two kids, ages 3 and 5 seem to still have my 20/20 vision, but we’ll see what happens as time goes on. My hubby was very thrilled that it looked like a solution for Bitty’s eyes were coming and I was dreading (because I’m home all day with her!!) the challenge of keeping glasses on a toddler!
Never did I imagine that she would not only like having the glasses on, but actually ask for them when getting up in the morning and from her naps! She evidently notices an improvement in her ability to take in the world and LIKES it! She has very rarely taken them off and I am so relieved!
My little girl seeing better and not having a battle on my hands to get her to see better is definitely a Finer Thing!
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