Monday, October 11, 2010
Belle loves her new Transitions glasses and they made it so she just wore one pair throughout the day and it was all good. No swapping between frames everytime we went indoors and then out again into the bright sun. The photochromic lenses are so worth it - and you can still order them online through places like Zenni Optical and save on the cost if you have your prescription and know your eyeglass sizing well. I did! While I was at it I also ordered my son a pair and got a pair for myself - my only complaint is that they aren't good for driving because they don't change in the car.
With regard to patching on vacation, well - we did it. Every day. No exceptions. We put it on and kept it on. If we were swimming, we'd take it off her and then afterwards just put it back on. Surprisingly she got very few inappropriate comments from strangers (usually having to do with pirates) - but they did exist. The hardest part for me was seeing other kids staring at her. My daughter must be so used to this that she totally ignores and doesn't even react to it anymore. There was only one time when she was being a bit shy and her hat brim was low and covering her face and a photographer tried to get her to lift it and she wasn't compliant, we just told them to take the picture as is - it wasn't worth the upset. So most of our vacation pictures my daughter is patching in them, and thats OK. We'll look back someday and remember the time she wore an eyepatch to make her eye stronger. It is what it is.
For vacation, she also agreed that she would use an eyeglass retainer which most of the time was hidden under her hair. I got a pink one and also a purple daisy print - they are the Croakies brand in "kids" size. Which actually were just a tad bit too big did the job of keeping her glasses on her head (even on rides).