The Daughter Chronicles

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Mia needs glasses!

Yes, it's so sad. I didn't get glasses until third grade, but it's never too soon for Thing One!

I took her to the eye doctor on Friday. (Krys and I always say "We're going to The The Eye People" because on one episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the movies was The Eye People but the title credit actually had two "the"s - a measure of the craft that went into it.) It had been two years since she went, and we didn't really have any big concerns, but she has been poking at her right eye a lot recently, and we figured it was time for a check-up.

I had a 9:15 appointment. The doctor showed up at 10:40. I only point this out because I get grumpy when my own doctor is late, but I get even grumpier when a kids' doctor is hopelessly behind, as kids are a lot less patient. The children were actually okay ... until the doctor walked in, at which time Norah decided to freak out. I have no idea why, but she screamed the entire time he was in there, and after a minute or so, it caused Mia to freak out as well. That was fun!

So the upshot of it all is that she has ... amblyopia! Yes, "lazy eye." It's her left eye that's lazy, which may or may not have anything to do with her brain injury. Probably not, because the injury is on the right side and therefore affects the right eye (even though it affects the left side of the body). So he said she needed glasses to correct it.

I chuckled and told him that she would immediately take off any glasses we tried to put on her. She hates sunglasses and hats. I suppose she's very sensitive about her head, possibly. Anyway, as we cannot explain to her why she needs glasses, it will be tough to give it a go. He said he has drops to put into her good eye - the right one - to make it blurry, and then, when she takes her glasses off, she won't be able to see and it will condition her. He also said he's never failed to get a kid into glasses. He says she sees fine for what a four-year-old needs to do, and we could wait a year or so, but she's going to need glasses eventually.

So we're going to do it. We'll probably wait until after Thanksgiving, because of our vacation right prior to it (we're going to Egypt). We don't want my mother, who will be the primary babysitter, to have to deal with yet another thing. So she has a few months without glasses. And then she joins the geeks of the world! Won't that be fun?


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