I saw this video and just had to share it (with the permission of the parents, of course!). The baby is 6 months old and has just gotten his first pair of glasses for myopia (nearsightedness / shortsightedness) and astigmatism. You can watch the moment he starts seeing everything around him – his pacifier falls right out of his mouth! It is such a stark reminder of how life-changing glasses can be for those who need them. His mother writes:
We found out that our baby needed glasses when he was 6 months old. We were seeing a pediatric ophthalmologist regularly because he was born 8 weeks premature but we had no suspicion of any vision issues. He was diagnosed with severe myopia (-12.00 in both eyes) as well as an astigmatism. On a side note, we felt so fortunate that we were forced to see the ophthalmologist and caught it so early. He developed perfectly with the glasses and I wonder what kind of delays he could have had if he was not seeing properly. By the way, the doctors believe that family genetics are to blame more than the prematurity.
As an aside, not every child takes to glasses so quickly. If your child doesn’t like their glasses at first, don’t despair, you are in good company. Zoe took 2 weeks before she’d leave hers on regularly, and that’s not uncommon. You can read our tips for helping the transition to wearing glasses.