So the final one of my children now wears glasses!
Despite the fact that his brother and sister have worn glasses from a very young age (3 for my daughter and 5 for my son), my eldest has never needed them. He’s had regular tests to check, but he’s always been OK.
But then, a few weeks ago, he told me he sometimes gets his notes mixed up when reading music. He’s mature enough and self-aware enough to realise this was because he couldn’t see as well as he used to (my younger kids never realised they couldn’t see well as they had never been able to see well). So I asked him if he wanted an eye test and he said yes.
His eyes had been tested just over a year earlier and he wasn’t due for another test until the end of this year.
I must admit that, because his eyes had been stable for all those years, I didn’t really expect there to be a problem.
He went into his test on his own as he’s a big boy. He’s had eye tests on his own in the past too, when I’ve gone in with his brother and he’s had one at the same time.
I was surprised when he came out and told me he needed glasses. There was no question of it. He’d struggled to find a comfortable reading position. Like his brother and sister, he’s long-sighted. Although, unlike them, it’s not too bad. But it’s bad enough to need glasses at least some of the time.
The optician hinted to me that my son had been upset when he first told him the news, but he had already calmed down and accepted it by the time he came out of his test.
The optician advised me that it was VERY important that he got glasses he liked. Otherwise he wouldn’t wear them and it was important he did wear them for reading, writing and using his phone and tablet.
It turns out my son suits all glasses – although his tastes tend towards the more expensive. He started by trying on metal frames, before moving onto plastic frames in black and brown. They all looked good, but then we hit the jackpot. A pair with blue frames. They were perfect! He looked so cool in them and not in the slightest bit geeky. He has very blue eyes and they really suit him. And if you can’t wear blue glasses when you’re a teenager, when can you wear blue glasses?
I steered him away from the £230 pairs, but with the optician’s wise words ringing in my ears, I couldn’t steer him away from the £190 pairs. With his NHS voucher for being under 16, they cost around £150. That’s a lot of money.
I’m pleased to say after his initial wobble, my son is very happy with his glasses. Getting him ones he likes was absolutely the right thing to do, despite the cost. Image is important at his age, but so is eyesight! I’m so glad we found out his eyes had deteriorated now, before his GCSEs got any closer.