Our health and perhaps even more, our sight, is something many of us take for granted. Growing up I wore glasses, or I should say not wore glasses, as I tried to avoid wearing them as much as possible! I had a lazy eye which did get better, and although I have a prescription now mainly for driving or seeing things at distance, I don’t regularly wear glasses though I know when I do wear them I can see much clearer.
The ability to see our children’s faces light up when they see us at their first school play, watch their first steps, when they swim for the first time and see the first time they write their name is priceless. All of these things wouldn’t be possible without the special gift of sight.
In our area schools or preschools don’t routinely check children’s eyesight as happened when I was growing up so it is down to parents to get their children’s eyes checked. I had noticed Ethan standing closer and closer to the TV screen and realised he had never had a sight test (apart from when he was around three years old and I thought he had a squint – there actually was nothing to worry about after several tests at hospital).
It turned out Ethan had perfect vision however Noah turned out to have virtually no sight at all in one eye! I will never forget his cries of “I can’t see anything!, I can’t see anything” when his good eye was covered! I had never noticed one eye “wandering” or his struggling to focus which are common traits of a squint or lazy eye. His good eye has been compensating for the poor vision in the other eye so he wouldn’t have noticed himself unless something had happened to that eye.
We are now seeing an Optometrist at the hospital every six weeks and his lazy eye is now starting to work independently. Luckily our eyes don’t fully develop until around the age of 7-8 years old so there is still time to do something with it. He wears glasses all the time (or as much as possible for a very active 5 year old!) and hopefully his vision will be less impaired. Yes our NHS has its faults but it is also brilliant and we are very lucky.
Becky at Baby Budgeting brought the fantastic charity Sightsavers to my attention. They do fantastic work raising funds to carry out millions of eye examinations in developing countries, training eye surgeons and tackling the root causes of blindness. It is amazing how every little penny they raise can make such a difference to someone’s life.
Did you know £10 will buy a Braille book for a blind boy to be able to read and educate himself, £12 will buy glasses for eight people and a a straightforward cataract operation costs just £28.
Please support Sightsavers and their incredible work. You can donate here.