I was thinking the other day about some of the advantages to having a small child with glasses – beyond the obvious reason that it helps them to see. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
- When pinkeye starts going around daycare, she doesn’t catch it or spread it around, because she can’t rub her eyes as easily.
- When learning to use a fork, she’s less likely to poke herself in the eye.
- Cute glasses mean strangers fail to notice the stains on her shirt.
OK, I’m sure there’s more. Please add any that you come up with.
1. When I’m blowing bubbles and she’s looking up at them, she won’t get any bubbles in her eyes.
2. I don’t have to worry about her poking her eyes with anything.
3. It’s a conversation starter and she’s always the center of attention (more so than she already is)
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I love your post on kids with glasses! My youngest has been wearing glasses since she was 3 years old. She is severely nearsighted (-6.5 prescription across both eyes, I believe). Being another who was nearsighted in childhood, I carried quite a lot of empathy for her state and have vowed to boost her self-confidence for wearing glasses. I had ugly, unflattering frames when I was a kid, and I hated it. She’s been fortunate to look amazing in each of the frames we’ve purchased for her, and she willingly wears her glasses in all her waking hours. I will never forget the first day she got her glasses. She just stopped and stood in the middle of the mall corridor and began pointing out brightly coloured items in the distance, and she was amazed by….everything around her! She fell in love with being able to SEE – really see!- life around her. It was an eye-opening moment for me to see the impact. And now I’m on the hunt for fitover sunglasses as a recent pupil dilation has given her some heightened sensitivity to bright lights. She doesn’t like the glare. So, here I am….searching for something affordable and sensible for this daughter of mine…. 🙂 I always feel a bit shamed that she came by such awful sight honestly (by yours truly…), even though I know rationally it isn’t my fault, it was unavoidable… Thanks for posting the positive aspects and helpful hints. It’s great to hear from another mom going through the same struggles! Oh, and please excuse my rambling…lol