The photoshoot for our book

Over the past few months (while on maternity leave), I have been putting together a book to raise awareness of getting little ones eyes tested. It will hopefully also help children and parents no what to expect. So many people are unaware it is even possible to test children who can’t read and talk, and are always intrigued how we knew they needed glasses. In a nutshell we didn’t know; there was a sign with KW2 but I was totally unaware with KW3! On my main vision page, ‘All things related to Kiddiewink’s Vision’ it explains more about getting them tested and why I believe it is so important and how I find the current guidance confusing and not good enough!

The book is called ‘Alfie Talks About… Eye Tests’ and I am just weighing up the most economical way of printing and publishing for those people who want it. Self publishing is easier but can be more costly to produce, I also can’t do the suprise on the back page if I self-publish, decisions, decisions…  Initially the book was just a record for us, but a number of people, opticians, schools etc have said they would love a copy, so now I need to work out the most economical way. If anyone has any tips or advice, I would love to hear it.

Below is a sneak preview of some of the shots that were taken, I can’t include any I am using in the book, so here are some of the ones we are not using.

Utterly amazed

Kiddiewink 3 has taken to her glasses like a duck to water. Since the moment she put them on she has barely pulled them down. The times she has, it has been when sat in the car, or rubbing her eyes. Absolutely speechless…we were honestly expecting to be met with a minibattle, or at least a little resistance, but no, she simply wears them… Admittedly that may not always be the case, but for now she is happy. Relieved is an understatement.

Just want to know now!

Now I know kiddiewink 3 is very far sighted, I just want to know how far sighted we are actually talking. +11 without drops so possibly even higher than that! I just keep looking at her and feeling sorry for her that she can’t see properly! She has been a bit of an unhappy bunny this last week; teething again I think, but I do keep thinking is it her eyes too (only now I know there is a problem). I am the type that once I know something,I just want to move forward and sort it, to say I am ‘doing the hubby’s head in’ is putting it mildly, I can’t stop talking about it and just want to know now and have her glasses NOW!

Despite not realising she couldn’t see clearly, now I know I am seeing signs. Whether they are only just happening, or whether it is my heightened awareness I am not sure. But Now when I watch her playing with her toys, I watch her eyes intently and I they do indeed go a little cross eyed the closer the toy gets to the face. She also rubs her eyes a lot -which can also be a sign! Having one kiddie wink in glasses already I thought I was paranoid and on one occasion prior to her eye test, she did go cross eyed, I even got it on camera. Everyone reassured me that she was just getting used to seeing her thumb when sucking it! I did wonder then, but forgot about it, as she never did it after thwt, she also seems so interested in everything around her. She looks and grabs everything she sees and smiles at everybody.

I am starting to get nervous about tomorrow. What if her eyes are considerably worse than initially suggested? What if there is a bigger problem? How will she find the drops? Will her glasses look daft with milk bottle lenses? Will we get her to keep them on?
Will Wendy even be happy to prescribe her? She was so far sighted she was going to discuss her case with other professionals before she was happy to prescribe her, with her being so tiny, if they are not sure either, we would have to wait for the hospital appointment, I so hope that isn’t the case though, as the it could be 13 weeks.

Keeping everything crossed that tomorrow goes smoothly…

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Why bother giving my baby an eye test? They seem fine…

We all have worries about our children, but as a rule many people assume their children’s eyesight is fine.
When I told people KW3 needed glasses, no one could believe it and many still can’t. She looks at people, smiles, follows our pets around, grabs things that interests her, is very content and her eyes seem straight! This however, is a common misconception. Just because you think they are fine, it doesn’t mean they are!

In America all parents are encouraged to get their babies checked sometime after 6 months as problems being caught early can prevent much more serious eye problems later. Granted, they have to pay for this privilege but it is encouraged nonetheless. In the UK we have even stopped the eye screening at the two and a half year check, which I believe is madness and all to cut budgets! Leaving testing them until school is such a shame and leaves so many parents feeling unneccesarily guilty that they had no idea their child’s vision was so bad. Large chains often don’t test until children are three, but some specialist opticians/optometrists are more than happy to test children that don’t talk and they have simple non invasive ways of checking whether their eyesight is a concern.
For KW3, the ‘test’ consisted of looking into little torches, tracking objects, and having different lenses held in front of her eyes while looking at bright flashing objects,  this told the optometrist that her vision was a concern so would need further investigation. KW3 actually enjoyed the test and it cost us nothing, the next test will be slightly more gruelling as she will have to have the drops to dilate the pupils, but that is only done if there seems to be a problem.
We honestly thought we would be leaving the optometrist with a clean bill of eye health, not a referral, but it just goes to show you can never be to sure.
I would encourage everyone to get their little ones tested, whether family history or not, but even more so if family history. What harm can it do, it doesn’t cost a penny and it could make a massive difference to your child’s sight . After all, I hadn’t a clue that my darling babies were very farsighted!

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