We all love how Ben looks in them! Doesn’t he look cute? The photo above was taken in our church nursery yesterday morning. I think he’s finally starting to look more like a little boy than a baby.
As I mentioned on my post about Ben’s last ophthomology appointment; we were told that his eyesight had deteriorated considerably over the previous year. He had become quite nearsighted and would need glasses. A little over a week ago, we finally got around to taking him to the optometrist to choose some frames. This optometrist, a very nice lady, specializes in pediatric and special needs eyewear, and is about 45 minutes from our home. The big boys were in school, and Nate came along. Ben wasn’t too happy with having several frames put on and taken off in rapid succession, but he was a trooper.
It was a tough decision, but we found some that we liked. Nate was unusually fussy that day, and when we came home we found he was running a fever. Fortunately, he ran a temperature for only 3 days, and he seems fine now.
This Saturday we made the trek to pick up his new glasses. This time we had all 4 boys with us. It turns out that the optometrist is very busy on Saturdays, so we had to wait a bit. The boys occupied themselves with the toys…
…and Nate and I just hung out on the couch. Ben’s glasses needed some final adjustments (the earpieces had to be molded to ensure a snug fit), we fit his hearing aids over them, and finally we were done.
Afterwards, we went out for lunch, went to the mall for a bit:
Ben was VERY interested in looking around at EVERYTHING. (Yes, Nate was missing a sock so we bought him some new ones!) When we were sure we had tired everyone out, we came home. All four boys fell asleep in the car.
So far, Ben’s response to his glasses has been overwhelmingly positive. He has left them on, and he has been so much more interested in looking at more distant objects. He even seems to make better eye contact. I guess his poor vision was more of an impairment than we realized, and it makes us feel a little guilty for not acting on this before.
I really hope he tolerates his glasses for the long haul.