Friday, January 21, 2011

Colin - My Kid in Bifocals

Colin began wearing glasses when he was 6.  A couple months before he turned 10 (September), his new glasses prescription was for bifocals.  His prescription is as strong, if not stronger, than mine -- and I'm pretty much blind without my glasses.

We were surprised at the news, but apparently recent studies have shown that bifocals in children can slow the progression of myopia (near-sightedness). Hopefully that is true for Colin, as he has needed new prescriptions every 6 months or so.

These glasses are the new ones we picked up Tuesday -- another new prescription and bifocals again.  He had been really struggling to see, and when we got his new prescription last Wednesday, he was SO excited to get new glasses.

We headed over to a place that advertises that they can make glasses the same day, and Colin was looking forward to seeing clearly.  Until the woman helping us told us that it would be 7 - 10 days because of the strength of his prescription.  She explained that they didn't keep that strength in stock and it had to be special-ordered since the majority of glasses made weren't that strong.

He fought back the tears as he absorbed this news, and complained that he couldn't see.  Then he said, "If I had a place like this, I would absolutely keep stronger prescriptions in stock, because we are the people who CAN'T SEE!"

She promised to try and expedite things.  Thankfully, she did and he didn't have to wait a full 2 weeks in order to see clearly again.  He's happy that he can once again see the board, and read the papers at  his desk.  I'm grateful that his eyesight can be corrected!


  1. Kraig6:42 AM

    Nice glasses! I'm glad you were able to get them quickly!

  2. Anonymous3:40 PM

    Hey cool! Glad he got them sooner than expected afterall! I am a glasses glut. I have about 6 pairs - not all the same strength, however. I HATE waiting for mine to come in - and they're strong too - I wear bifocals as well - and looks like I might need trifocals next time - we'll see.
    Rocky got glasses two years ago for the first time and is so obviously needing a stronger prescription - = we have to wait until April for his Dad's coverage to cover the cost (only $200 of it, however...). Me too - I have to wait for April as well.
    Glasses are great (tell Colin) when you get older too because they hide my bags under my eyes (with the right frame).
    I'm wearing bright BLUE ones these days!

    God bless you all!

  3. Anonymous2:22 PM

    My daughter is 6 and has patched and worn glasses since 3... she is amazing and wears them with no problems! We were sad to discover her sight is worsening and she too is waiting on her new line progressive bifocals:( we are hoping this will help her with reading...because she cant focus the words! He is a handsome lil man....god bless you for paying attention to his needs! Glasses rock and are so cute these days!


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