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Babies With Glasses
How did you know your baby needed glasses?
This is the number one question I am asked when they see my littlest man sporting his specs. And to be honest, I didn’t learn about his poor eyesight based on his behavior. But even having one son already wearing glasses, I wasn’t really prepared for what I should be watching for. How DO you know if your baby needs glasses?
My 8-month-old couldn’t see
Fast forward two more kids, after we discovered our oldest son needed glasses. I had four kids in total, only one son with glasses and our baby-boy was 8 months old. I took him to my photo studio in our basement and began taking milestone photos. He was the happiest baby, calm, relaxed, chill, just as his three siblings were before him. I truly have been blessed with good-sleepers and good babies.
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, and I had been watching.
When I began to edit the photos, every single image where Hudson was looking directly into the camera, his eyes seemed turned in ever-so-slightly. It was so faint, that I had to ask my husband numerous times if he was seeing what I was seeing, and the images of his eyes were zoomed in so close on my computer screen that they were the only full features that could be seen.
Image after image I zoomed in on his eyes trying to see if it was a fluke or if it was consistent. After the 5th image I gave up on editing and closed my computer down. I was so distracted by what I was finding in the photos I never did edit them.
My husband didn’t think it was a big deal and thought that it might just be a fluke. Afterall, when looking at him in person or watching him look around, his eyes never crossed nor did he have issues with development. He was a little bit slower than the other kids, but we mainly chalked it up to the fact that he was the baby of the house, and he was definitely babied all the time. I’m pretty sure that if I allowed it, the other kids would never let him do anything for himself.
At his 9-month appointment, I brought up my concern to the pediatrician. He checked my son’s eyes and said they looked fine, but one of them did seem a little bit slower than the other. We agreed that it would be better to be safe than sorry.
Within a couple weeks we had our first appointment, again with Dr. Lisa Porter. She now had purchased this mobile camera that was able to capture my son’s prescription without holding his head firmly in place. After she got the results, she continued to manually check, and double check it. His eyesight was almost as bad as our oldest son’s were when we found out at 3, only this time, our son was an infant.
I’ll keep it short; I cried, a lot.
His eyesight was so severe that most infants with his prescription have a turn-in of 25-30 degree; Hudson’s turn in was closer to 5-6 degrees. Dr. Porter complimented me on seeing it at all and then following my prompting to keep asking questions. Of course, I know I did a good thing, but no one likes to see their kids go through any sort of struggle.
Because our oldest son’s eyes are not the same and are drastically different in their prescription, we knew he may always have a need to wear glasses. But for our baby, his eyes were equally bad. But because we caught them so young, he may actually grow out of them completely. We were so grateful for the discovery early on.
How does my baby keep his glasses on
After first being asked how I knew my baby needed glasses, I next get asked about how I get him to keep them on.
Hudson got his glasses just before he turned 10-months old, so obviously he was already a very busy infant. But the day we put the glasses on him, it was a true “Facebook glasses video” moment. He opened his eyes wide, looked around the room for about 4-5 minutes just taking everything in.
In that moment, watching my baby “see”, I cried even more.
That day, just like I had noticed with my older son, I started to realize signs that were there but that I hadn’t picked up on.
My baby fed himself for the VERY FIRST TIME. Read that sentence again. He was ten months old, and fed himself for the very first time. Baby snacks and treats that he refused to eat before, I assumed were just things he didn’t like. I had picky eating babies before, I just assumed Hudson was starting early, when in actuality, he just couldn’t see the food in front of him, or couldn’t coordinate his fingers to grasp the food and get it to his mouth.
Here is my Facebook post from that first day:
He has now had his glasses on for 8 months, and he keeps his glasses on. I don’t have to fight him usually, (unless he is upset with me, then he takes them off and throws them), but it is because he can actually see. Within a week of wearing his glasses, he began to army crawl, he was feeding himself and gained weight that first month, and he began to play toy cars and smaller items he had ignored before.
I did eventually edit those photos that first caught my attention, but here are some photos that you can see the signs. I hadn’t noticed before, but if you see your little one having behavior like this with their eyes – I highly suggest making an appointment ASAP.