I ran across Chelsea’s blog, Roots and Rings, this weekend (apologies for not posting earlier, I later got hit by a nasty trojan requiring the reformatting of my laptop – the two incidents are completely unrelated, I promise), and I was instantly hooked. Chelsea is not just a good writer who is fun to read, she is someone who started wearing glasses at 2 to correct her crossed eyes and farsightedness.
In the first post of hers that I came across, There are no words, she talks about what it meant to grow up always having worn glasses and to have always wanted, but never have had, good vision. In that post, she talks about planning for lasik surgery, it has since been postponed due to her amblyopia.
Since that post, she’s started vision therapy and patching each night. Her posts about that, starting with this one here, A little therapy never hurt anyone, are also extremely interesting, especially if you’ve ever wondered what amblyopia and patching might be like.
I found myself very drawn to Chelsea’s posts because they give some insight into what Zoe is going through today and what the future might hold for her (with the obvious caveat that no two people’s experiences are exactly the same). Zoe’s getting more verbal, but I still find myself wanting to ask her, “but what do you see? What is it like without your glasses? Do you ever wonder why your friends don’t wear glasses? Is there any way I can explain it to you?”
Luckily, Chelsea has agreed to an interview about what it was like growing up with glasses, what vision therapy is like for her today, and any other questions we have. That’s where you come in, do you have any questions you’d like to ask someone who has worn glasses since toddlerhood?