5.01.2015

Flashback Friday: The Time Kyle Got Glasses

I had suspicions for a while that Kyle needed glasses. We constantly had to tell him to scoot back from the television whenever he watched movies, he squinted often when we read...a lot of the tell-tale signs were there. At his 6-year well visit with our pediatrician he had a hard time reading the appropriate line for his age on the vision chart. I wasn't sure if he was just being lazy about it (which he can be sometimes) or if he genuinely couldn't see it. My suspicions were confirmed when we got a letter from the school nurse in February: Kyle couldn't read the appropriate line on the vision chart and we needed to schedule a follow-up with an optometrist.

My little mommy heart broke when I read the letter. I mean, I was pretty sure at least one (if not all) of my kids would probably end up with glasses at some point in their lives (genetics, although cruel, are almost always inevitable), but it was just so early. He was only in Kindergarten! I got glasses in first grade, and I remember being teased about them. Kids can be so mean, and I didn't want his already fragile self-esteem to get shot to pieces. Fortunately, he seemed excited about the prospect, especially when Cole said he probably needed to get glasses as well. So, off they went to the optometrist.

Cole said Kyle did a really good job during the eye exam, and they had a good time testing out different sets of frames.

He clearly did not want to be a hipster.
This is the first set he tried on that he liked.
Kyle was a little disappointed because he didn't get to take his new glasses home with him that day. He asked me every day if his glasses were ready yet and, finally, after about a week, we got to pick them up.

Two of my handsome dudes in their new glasses
He looks so grown up every time he wears them! His prescription is a little stronger than I expected for his first pair of glasses, which means he probably inherited my eyes (poor kid!). He really should wear them all the time, but he's a 7-year-old boy and I don't want to replace glasses every month. So, we settle for wearing them at school and when he reads or does homework at home. I'm just glad it isn't a fight to get him to wear them.

Now, getting Cole to wear his is another story...
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