Tuesday, August 08, 2006
She can see clearly now!
Talk about a bloggable moment! My baby got glasses today! I took her to the opthalmologist (which wasn't covered by my health insurance after all because there wasn't anything medically wrong; it was just an eye exam...oh well, I'm happy we have the FLEX medical savings plan! *whew*) The doctor was an older man and really nice. She did sooooo good! They even dilated her eyes. He asked her, "Have you ever had drops put in your eye before?" She answered yes (she's had pink eye). He said, "Oh, good. You know what to expect." I kind of chuckled and said, "Oh yeah, she knows what to expect" fully expecting her to freak out and for him not to proceed with the drops. Well, I guess turning 6 has matured her because she barely showed any negativity at all. I was really proud of her!
It was quite obvious by how large he had to make the letters before she could read them to him that her sight was worse than I'd thought. He gave the impression that it was pretty bad and he wants to see her back in a year just to keep an eye on it (no pun intended! HA!) He gave her a precription for the glasses but was more laid back about her actually wearing them than I thought he'd be. He didn't seem to think she had to wear them all the time but felt like she would want to because things would look so much better. He said it wouldn't hurt her to wear them all the time but seemed to think she would be able to read up close just fine without them. It's really kind of amazing that she's enjoyed reading as well as she has, but I guess since it's nearsightedness, reading an up close book was okay for her. My brother-in-law is an optometrist so we'll be calling him and see what his recommendation is about how often to actually wear the glasses. We're thinking it might be better to have her wear them all the time to cut down on losing them and stretching them out. We'll see what Mike says.
We went to LensCrafters where their special right now is 50% off of children's glasses. Yea! We got 2 pair so that (knock on wood) if one breaks or gets lost, we have a spare! We got 1 pair that is a plastic frame that seems to be more trendy and 1 pair that is metal and the kind you can bend alot without breaking (not that we'll encourage her to try that out!) She looks absolutely adorable and hasn't hardly stopped giggling since she put them on! We feel kind of bad because apparently there is alot she hasn't been seeing that she should have! Like Chris said, she didn't know she was supposed to see things more clearly. It's just always been that way. I'm glad we took her in and I'm glad she's so happy to be wearing them! Chris & I both started wearing ours in 4th grade so she is starting a little earlier. The doctor laughed and said she didn't have a chance when I said Chris, myself & my dad wear glasses! Actually, my dad just had lens replacement but that's been very recent.
Posted by Jacinda at 8/08/2006 06:42:00 PM