Ellie has cherished reading books since we can remember. She can spend hours flipping through pages, looking at pictures and sharing her own renditions of the tall tales we've read time and time again. She has always been very attentive, was a busy and active toddler, and never showed any obvious signs of vision challenges. She didn't squint when we read to her, held books a normal distance from her face, and didn't have any learning challenges or issues in school. So it came as quite a surprise when during her 4-year check-up, after a quick eye-exam, our pediatrician asked us to book an appointment with an pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
Shortly after, we found out that Ellie is near-sighted, and would need glasses. As a parent, when you are told that your child has any challenge or difficulty - even if just a potentially-fixable eye issue - it still tugs at your heart. I knew it was going to be a little tricky for our sweet little girl to adjust to wearing glasses, but I also knew that we would do everything we could to make wearing them as comfortable and special as possible.
Initially, our opthamologist suggested we purchase glasses directly from the shop in her office. Sure, there were a couple kind-of cute pairs available (with a hefty price-tag!), and then there were a bunch of not-so-cute versions that just didn't seem to fit with Ellie's charismatic, sweet sensibility...of course, she was not a fan of any of them. And the kicker - the only ones that actually fit Ellie's itty-bitty nose bridge were the wire ones with nose tabs. So our choices became even fewer (like, literally down to 2 pairs). We ended up paying $270 for pink and purple Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle glasses. Yep, you read that correctly. That was our final option.