Asher’s been in glasses for almost three months now and really adjusting well to them. I was so worried when we first received them as to whether he would keep them on, but he almost never takes them off and when he does it’s usually for a quick “break”. Every morning when he gets up they are the first thing he asks for followed by a glass of milk and toast. Jacob and I are so impressed and pleased with how well he keeps them on and that reassures us that they are working and that he IS seeing better. We headed back to the eye doctor a few weeks ago for a checkup and they increased Asher’s prescription pretty significantly. The doctors also plan on doing some patch therapy in the near future in hopes to get Asher’s eye alignment as straight as possible…
Never in a million years would I have thought he would have ever needed glasses. Most of the Optometrists we’ve seen have told us that this eye condition of Asher’s is fairly common among kids and usually caught earlier on. I always have had Asher at the pediatrician for every well visit, checkup, immunization, etc and no one had ever mentioned anything about his eye development to us. I also never took him to an eye doctor because I honestly just didn’t know. I can remember calling my insurance early last year and asking about routine eye exams and was informed that our insurance didn’t cover them until the age of 3, primarily because that’s the “right time” to start getting yearly exams. WRONG.
When I look back at past pictures of Asher, I notice that his left eye (his weaker eye) isn’t as straight and aligned like his right eye. As a parent it makes me feel terrible because I feel like his vision hasn’t been that well for awhile. Whether a doctor should have, or could have, caught this earlier on or even myself, I don’t know, but I do know that I have learned a great deal of knowledge about eyes and routine vision exams. And I wish I would have known more about vision care earlier on. Neither Jacob or myself wear glasses so it wasn’t something I really ever thought about and I blame myself for that. I feel like I could have better educated myself earlier on…
Since my sweet boys been in glasses, I’ve joined a few Facebook support groups for parents with little ones in eyeglasses and it has been SUCH a helpful and resourceful group for Jacob and I. It’s crazy to think that Asher’s only been in glasses for 12 weeks or so. It seriously feels like it’s been SO much longer and I must say that that sweet boy of ours can rock a pair of specks like no other! He is such a handsome little stinker! We love him so very much!
I encourage you all to get your little one’s routine eye exams and if you already do then a serious fist pump to you! Even if you think it’s not a priority I highly, highly suggest it. It’s amazing all of the eye issues that can start so early on in life and the sooner they are treated, the better. North Dakota offers an “Infant See” program which provides free eye exams to children under the age of one. I’m not sure how many other states offer something like this, but I think that it is such an amazing program! I encourage you all to check into your state and even local eye doctors to see if the offer anything for vision exams.
I’m so thankful for the improvement in Asher’s vision in such a short amount of time and so thankful for the amazing eye doctors we have here in ND. Do any of you have a little one who wears glasses? If any of you would like an invite to any of the support groups I am a member of, please let me know! I would love to send you one!