Well, not hers. She kept asking, "Do my eyes LOOK like there's anything wrong with 'em?"
I had an appointment with the optometrist today, and made one for Bella, too. She's never had a real checkup, and since she's all into learning to read now, I've noticed her squinting and leaning in close when she's working on a tough word. I suspected it was just "body-English" used in figuring out those words, but it couldn't hurt to be sure. Neither Alex or I had any eye problems as young'uns, but on the other hand, my sister was bumping into walls by the time she was 6. So, it was nice to be certain. But wait a sec--let me show you the eye chart they started with, before the doc came in and realized that she had a good grasp on letters and he could use the regular charts:
OK, the second and fourth items from the left? How many children younger than reading age would really recognize those items? Fortunately for Bella, with her Electric Company DVDs, there is a telephone like that in the office of Fargo North, Decoder. But that other thing? That is a "Jeep." Young people, topless Jeeps were common in the days when dinosaurs, and other creatures who were alive in the 70's, roamed the earth. Bella identified that glyph as a pair of glasses, for which she was given full credit.
She loved the whole experience, mostly because we went to a really good doctor, who is great with kids.
Then it was my turn. I'd switched eye docs to come here, and I think it was a good choice, because I came out with a prescription that is half as strong as the one I've had for the last five years (I went suddenly nearsighted during a prolonged surgery several years ago...luckily, just a little), and MUCH more comfortable eyes. I'm sharing this in case anyone else might be in the same boat, and not know why. My previous prescription was -1.0 in each eye. I wore glasses mainly for driving and watching movies, or anytime I needed to see something at a distance. I could only wear them for a little while at a time, though, and I'd have to take them off and rest my eyes. And I couldn't wear contacts at all, though I went through several brands and types trying them. I just couldn't tolerate them for more than two or three hours, and they made me miserable while they were in. I could see better, sure, but ugh. So I was stuck with the glasses.
If this is happening to you, try getting a second opinion about your prescription strength from another eye doctor. It turns out that I'd been "overprescribed" for YEARS, and every time I wore my glasses, or especially contacts, my eyes were forced to "hyperfocus," and naturally became strained and irritated. My new prescription? -o.50 in each eye. I've been wearing a pair of contacts in that strength for 8 hours now with no eyestrain whatsoever. UNREAL. But HEY--now I'll be able to SEE at BlogHer! Everyone who's more than 30 feet away won't look like this: