The Eyes have it

When I was about 5 years old I developed a lazy eye.

My mom thought for the longest time that I was crossing my eye on purpose. REALLY!?!? I don’t know anyone that could cross their eye as far in as I could on purpose. Finally, she took me to the doctor who confirmed that I was not doing it on purpose. I had to wear a patch over my eye and was referred to the Elk’s Eye Clinic in Portland. After being check out there I was told that I would need to wear eyeglasses in addition to the patch over my eye.

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photo credit: tim_d

Now, I don’t care you who are. You cannot really rock prescription glasses as a 5 year old kid. I guess the only good thing was that I was so young that I didn’t really understand the whole being accepted thing. I didn’t have to deal with that until much later in grade school. When the teasing started and so on.

Once I got to middle school it became harder and harder to find glasses that made me look cool. It just seemed that manufacturers didn’t make frames for the younger crowd. The frames were always just small representations of the frames for adults. By the time I was in 8th grade my vision actually cleared which is apparently common and I didn’t have to wear my glasses all the time anymore. I was still required to wear them once I got my drivers license but that was fine by me.

Times have definitely changed and I’m glad about that. After a recent check up with my 5 year old son, the doctor told me that I should go have his eyes checked because I had such a young history of eye problems. I’m just thankful that there are now stylish frames for kids and if he needs glasses he won’t get stuck with pared down adult frames. He’ll get glasses that fit his face and personality. There are so many more places to purchase frames. You can even buy glasses online.

Some online stores even offer great discounts. For instance Glasses USA is offering anyone who uses the code: mommy10 10% off their next purchase!

So now I can breath easy and finally call to make that appointment for my boy.

*Disclosure: I was compensated for the links in this post.*

Comments

  1. It looks to me like more and more children are wearing glasses now, so maybe the stigma will begin to lessen. Is it a sign of the times or simply medical professionals catching up with reality? That’s the hard question.

    I got mine around the age of 21. My brother (two years younger) and sister (ten years younger) are the only people in my family without glasses at this point!
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  2. I remember being called four eyes at one point. Thankfully, my niece (who wears glasses at age 13) does not have that problem.

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