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!