Four eyes are better than two
at least that’s the theory. The ophthalmologist didn’t think the patch was making any difference (and we agreed), so we’re trying glasses. The idea is that since Zoe is far-sighted, she crosses her eyes when trying to focus. The glasses came today, and so far it seems to be going all right. She did great at the glasses shop – no crying, mostly just looking around really intently, like all of a sudden she was seeing things differently. Which is what we’re hoping for. At home, she started trying to take them off and put them back on, and waving them around. We’ll keep trying each day and hope that she’s used to them by Monday when she’s back at daycare.
I’m trying really hard to stay positive about all of this. It helps that there are a lot of cute choices for glasses and that they can make the lenses thin so you don’t get the super magnified eye distortion. I feel shallow for being caught up in Zoe’s appearance in the glasses – especially since I wear glasses and even enjoy shopping for them – so I’m not entirely sure what my problem is. Maybe I’m worried that everyone will focus on the glasses rather than on her, I just don’t know. And part of it (and this is the terribly embarrassing shallow part) is that I had set aside flex money to splurge on a new pair of glasses for myself, and her glasses ate up 2/3 of that money. Of course, if it corrects the crossed eyes and keeps her from needing surgery (the next step if glasses don’t work), then I’m all for it. Maybe once she’s bigger we can shop for frames together.
Added: Gah, what’s wrong with me? I just keep looking at all the pictures we took today of her in her glasses (most of which only show her side or top of her head – she just doesn’t hold still or pose for pictures). It’s like I need to keep looking at them to convince myself that it’s her. Ridiculous. She’s still the same girl. Just with a slightly more bookish air to her.
Update: If you’re looking for more information on babies, toddlers and young children with glasses, check out my other blog, Little Four Eyes.