glasses day two
Well I think I’m getting used to the glasses, as is Zoe. She had a couple of nice long stretches with her glasses on and didn’t seem to mind them. And she had a pretty exciting day to go along with it, visiting work with me, then lunch with Grandma and Aunt Liz, and then visiting friends at the BLB (local bar/restaurant/bowling alley/theater, you know, the normal type of place). I learned that when Zoe’s hair is messed up, she looks quite Harry Potteresque.
I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about how they fit glasses to babies. As I understand it, the ophthalmologist measured the curvature of the back of her lens when she dilated Zoe’s eyes at the eye appointment. I understand the question – I never knew how they did that either. But getting that question a bunch of time hasn’t alleviated my fear that people will focus on her glasses and not on Zoe.
Otherwise, I think I’m starting to get a handle on my ambivalence about the glasses. It’s a combination of lots of things, namely:
- She looks like a kid when she wears the glasses. I’m used to her looking older as she grows up, but this was a much more sudden change.
- I’m realizing that I now have to keep track not only of my own glasses, but hers as well. Especially as she’s not used to leaving them on yet and taking them off randomly throughout the day.
- The fear that the glasses won’t work, and if they don’t it’s on to surgery – though Chris and I both agree that she doesn’t look nearly as cross eyed when she’s wearing the glasses.
- It’s kind of a visible, tangible reminder that she’s not perfect, or at least, that she doesn’t have perfect eyesight.
- The aforementioned worry that when people meet her, they’ll focus on the glasses and never really see her.
I guess put that way, it doesn’t seem so bad. I’m optimistic that 3 won’t be an issue, and I should get over 1 and 4 pretty quickly. The second one will be a pain, but I have managed to not lose my own glasses in a long time, so I can probably handle it. So how do I help to make sure that Zoe doesn’t become “the toddler with glasses.” Probably by not worrying so much about it, huh?
Update: If you’re looking for more information on babies, toddlers and young children with glasses, check out my other blog, Little Four Eyes.