It's amazing how a few years can totally change how you see things. I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately, on a lot of levels. But much of it has been about my youngest, who is now the second child we have, that was born with low vision. It didn't seem quite as devastating the second time around, but most of all, now that I'm not "new" to this, I'm not wrought with feelings about what she will or won't be able to see, etc. The most recent was when I found an old pair of glasses that used to belong to Princess Cuddles. They were definately too big for Princess Sunshine, but I wanted to see if they would help her, so I put them on. I was astounded at her reaction. It was like she was opening her eyes for the first time. They were big with wonder, almost like she was really seeing each of us for the first time. At that point hubby & I both realized she'd probably be in glasses sooner rather than later. But I was equally shocked at my reaction. I was happy! This was a complete 180 from 7 years ago when Princess Cuddles got them. Back then, I wanted her to be able to see without them, not to mention, I was afraid people would tease her. This time, the joy was because I KNEW how much they could help her.
This whole ordeal got me thinking, and I started comparing how I see things now, to how I looked at them 5 years ago, 10 years ago, etc. It's your perspective on things. So, I decided to look it up. This is the definition I was looking for.
Perspective - the state of one's ideas, the facts know to one, etc.
It's the facts that I now know that have changes my perspective. I know how much help they can be, and I know I want her to have the best chance of seeing that she can. What other people think just doesn't matter anymore. Long story short(er), we took her and they did give her a prescription for glasses. She's a little on the younge side, and they probably would have waited another 6 months or so, if it hadn't been for the reaction she had to the other ones. Now all we need is for her to like them!
Anyone have any ideas on how to get a one year old to leave them on??? My other daughter just did. Never touched them. Princess Sunshine will only leave them on when she's outside. She's super light sensitive so the tinting makes her realize they help.
On a side note, I haven't been very active with this blog lately. That's another thing I've been pondering. I almost closed it down, but I really felt God led me to start it, so I'll work on keeping better tabs on it :P I've been feeling like I'm supposed to do some blogging about raising children with low vision, so bear with me if you can't relate. Those won't be my only posts.