I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8 – with a brief break in high school when I wore contacts – over 20 years in total. Nearly two thirds of my life. I still find myself forgetting to take off my glasses before putting on or taking off a shirt with a tight neck. Inevitably, I get stuck with the shirt half over my face, the neck stuck on my glasses, and me struggling to figure out the best way out of it.
Zoe, on the other hand, has only worn her glasses for 15 months. Now granted, that’s more than half her life, but she has still spent a smaller percentage of her life in glasses than I have. But she’s figured the shirt thing out. She always stops us before we try to put a shirt on or take one off, and will carefully take off her glasses and hand them to us. Must be like learning languages, once you’re past a certain age, there’s nothing you can do to learn to take your glasses off before putting on your turtleneck, but before that age, it takes no time to get it. That, or I’m just no good at putting on shirts. Still, I suspect it’s a life skill that will serve her well in the future.
So what unexpected benefits have you found to having your child in glasses?