Joy is eight, almost nine years old. One thing I’ve never really thought to do is get my kids’ eyes checked. That’s probably something they would do at school. Their regular doctor has never checked their eyes or asked about them.
Joy had begun complaining about her eyes. First she said they hurt. Then she said she couldn’t read the signs. Next she even had her grandpa convinced that she might be color blind. “I can’t see!” She kept telling me.
Finally I made the appointment. I sat in the office with her as she couldn’t read any of the charts without mistake. Finally she got the big letter E. In my mind I was getting ready for my pep talk about glasses. We would have fun picking them out. I thought of all the things I could say to help her be comfortable with glasses. I tried not to think of the cost as we have just been pummeled with bills lately, big ones.
Test after test, reading after reading, from her answers and the doctor’s response I knew what was coming until he turned around and said, “Well Mom, she has 20/20 vision in both eyes and her eyes are perfectly healthy!” I just about fell off my chair. I actually had a moment of disappointment that we wouldn’t be trying on glasses. Ha ha!
Guess what? She hasn’t had any trouble with her eyes or vision since! I do think it’s kind of funny. I don’t think she was lying about her eyes either. My guess is that somehow she became worried about her eyesight and so then each little thing made her more concerned. Now that she knows her eyes are fine she’s not thinking about them anymore!
As a bonus for me insurance covered the entire appointment. Yea! Now I think I’ll make appointments for the rest of the kids, just in case!
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rakel mcduff says
My daughter has worn glasses since she was 9 months old. Even then she had really bad eye sigh. -7.0 in one eye and -7.50 in the other. My son on the other had has great eye sight. He is always pointing things out or seeing things before his dad or I see them. Our doctor does check eye sight before each visit. The last time he was checked he had a little better then perfect Eye sight. I can’t remember if it is 20/15 or 15/20. Which everone is better then 20/20 is what he sees. He still wants glasses. So I have taken some of his sisters old glasses and poped out the lenses and let him wear just the frames. I am considering getting him some nonprescriped glasses for $8 from walmart.
HA! That’s hilarious! I took Cora to her 4 yr old appt last week. By the way she acted you’d think we have a deaf, mute, blind vegetable for a child! She did NOTHING the dr. asked her to do. Things she is TOTALLY able to do! Sigh…kids…whatcha gonna do with them? 🙂 I had to start wearing glasses when I was 8. I’m 35 and my eyes continue to worsen. Brother…
@Rakel, funny how when they need them they don’t want them, but if they don’t need glasses, they’re dying for some! 🙂
@Jeni, I’m so sorry your eyesight is continuing to get worse. 🙁 There are so many eye problems in my family history that it’s just a matter of time before I start having issues. Right now I just use them for distance.
I’ve never had to have them until this year because I am doing all online classes. If I have read books and computer all week for a few hour stretches, by the end of the week I have to use the glasses to relieve headaches and blurred vision. Otherwise, I see perfectly fine. So I am trying to limit close up work.
What a blessing! I’m glad to know that her eyesight is just fine.
I had to wear glasses for a short while in gradeschool. My orthodontist made me wear a “headgear” to assist the braces on my teeth, as well. Glasses… Headgear… Braces. Any one of those things can be traumatizing to a child’s delicate ego. Needless to say, I felt like a total freak!
Oh my goodness, I just had a flashback to my emotional state at the time, and it was dreadful!!!!!!!!!!! Uggggghhhhh!!!!!!!
shari lynne @ faith filled food for moms says
Hey I have this exact picture! Only with my 14 year old daughter sitting in the chair..I won’t say what she said to me as I was taking the picture..but it had to do with what she would do to me if I put it on my blog for the world to see! HA…like anyone would know that it’s her! LOL