in my pretty non-existent blog this winter, I think I may have a few of you wondering where Piper's glasses have disappeared to. Piper has bad eyesight -- as in -8.5. Luckily, her eyes are healthy...she's just really nearsighted (meaning she can't see far away....ok, she really can't see more than a few inches from her face). We see her eye dr. every 6 months to keep an eye (no pun intended) on things. He mentioned contacts a few appts back at which time I almost laughed in his face -- seriously... Fast forward to late January, the eye dr brought up all his reasons for putting her in contacts. She has a bad habit of looking over the top of her glasses so she is constantly straining her eyes. We tried bifocals & she just couldn't get used to it. He showed me studies of how gas permeable (hard) lenses have been shown to slow down the progression of myopia (near sightedness). He said we could try a pair of soft lenses to get her used to wearing them but then transition into the gas perms over time. I agreed to try it, they ordered in a trial (free) pair of soft lenses, she was super stoked to get them in. 45 minutes later, the contact tech still couldn't get them in her eyes. We brought them home & tried all weekend. She didn't fight us, we just simply couldn't get her sweet eyes open far enough to put in what looked like a satellite dish in her eye. After talking to the dr again, he ordered the gas perms "just to try". They came in 2 weeks later, we went in and they immediately got them in her eye. She got this funny look on her face & said "I can see so good!".
It's been almost 3 months & it has been such a wonderful change for her. She has adjusted better than we ever expected. I still put them in & take them out for her every day but think she will be ready to try on her own soon. I know there is controversy over a 5 yr old wearing contacts. We've even had a few people assume it's for vanity reasons (ridiculous!). But as with everything, we weighed all the pros/cons and felt this was the right decision. She now has 20/30 vision with her lenses in and is noticing things she's never seen before.