Friday, March 20, 2015

Lookin' sharp!

So...last month there was a vision screening at Dashiell's school, and - not surprisingly - Dashiell did not pass it.  Given that Rick has had glasses since he was 9, and I also wear glasses (though I didn't get mine until I was about 30), we kind of knew this day was coming.  So after a quick visit to the pediatrician's office for another screening, which he also did not pass, we made an appointment for the ophthalmologist!

Prior to the appointment, I asked Dashiell how many kids in his class already had glasses.  He didn't know, so we checked out the class photo.  At the beginning of the year, there were already 4 bespectacled kids in his class!  He did tell me that one of his friends was writing a book on glasses (the 1st graders are all writing non-fiction books this year*) and said his favorite part about what his friend wrote was about the nose pads.  Of course it is.

At the appointment, Dashiell did great!  He really loved looking through the refractor (fancy name for that machine you look through when they're trying to determine your prescription), and answered all the questions clearly and definitively. They didn't even need to dilate his eyes.

Checking out the Refractor

The verdict was that yes, he does need glasses, but only to see long distances.  His Rx is about as strong as mine (which is to say, not very strong).  When he's at school he needs them to see the white board, and at home he needs them to watch TV, but he doesn't need them to read or do homework. 

Right after the appointment we went to pick out glasses!  He narrowed it down to the two pairs available that had red on the sides and had nose guards (natch).
Pair #1 - black wire frames

Pair #2 - pewter wire frames

He chose the first pair - black wire frames with nose guards and red temples.  Very good choice!

So then we waited for a WHOLE WEEK before they came in.  In the meantime, this happened:
That front tooth that looked like it was going to come out since before Christmas FINALLY came out!  Yes!

And now, as of Wednesday, Dashiell Hanson is the proud (and handsome!) owner of some awesome glasses!

He was so excited to get them!  And sure, I might be a bit biased but I have to say that glasses make him look even cuter than he already was!  I mean, look at him!  Glasses and a missing tooth?!  Get out!

Of course, now that all of her family members have glasses, Miss Aurelia is chomping at the bit to get a pair, too.  She saw a purple pair at the optical shop that she thinks she should own.  Not sure about that, but maybe if we can find a cheap pair of fake glasses, we'll humor her.

*If you were wondering what non-fiction book Dashiell is writing for school, it's a non-fiction book about writing a non-fiction book:  Writing for Money.  Follow his rules, don't make mistakes, and people will buy your book and you can make money.  Truth!

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