Well we went to the Opticians on Friday after school to collect Daniel’s glasses. I am very pleased and excited to say that apart from going to bed, they have not left his face since! He absolutely loves them. He can see! He put them on in the shop and was so excited because he could see. He ran around the shop shouting “I can see” and we all applauded him. It was fab. I am so proud of him. He wore them to the cinema on Sunday to see Monsters University – a special Autism friendly screening. That went well. And he has worn them to school all week. He doesn’t take them off till bed time and they are the first thing he reaches for in the morning. It really is heart warming. To know that he can see now. It’s just great. He looks so smart. Here is a pic of him in his new specs:
I really hope that Daniel continues to enjoy wearing his glasses like this. He will gain so much from them. His whole world has now opened up for him. He can see and enjoy things he never imagined possible. He is much more confident in himself already. He moves about with more ease and confidence and is so much more sure-footed. I just hope that soon he will find the confidence to do stairs – now that he can see them! Thank goodness for good Opticians that are good with children with special needs. If any of you live in the South East then I thoroughly recommend Melina Joy of Heathfield. She was an absolute star.
We first learnt that Daniel was Autistic because I went to the doctor asking if there was any way we could test his eyesight at 15 months. I have always maintained that Daniel has poor eyesight. We were fobbed off then by the Paed saying No it was not his eyesight that was the problem. He was Autistic. That was it. Then I went to see Ian Jordan and had Daniel diagnosed with Visual Dyspraxia at two and a half. He was long sighted then, but we only had lenses to correct the Visual Dyspraxia, not the long sightedness. Since then Daniel has got worse. He stumbles. He squints. He hates thresholds, because he can’t judge them, and stairs are an absolute no no. He has to do them on his bottom. Even if it’s only one stair. He simply can’t see and judge the depth. So I decided again to approach an Optician. God I wish I had done it sooner! We went to Melina Joy at Heathfield. She was absolutely fabulous. Really brilliant. So good with Daniel. And so thorough. She checked everything. Basically Daniel’s eyesight is significantly impaired – in other words really poor. He can’t see much of what is going on around him. That is why he switches off. Because he can’t see to join in. I feel awful. All this while living in a world with poor vision. She has prescribed lenses that make him see much better. He could see all the numbers on her board – which he could not do uncorrected. I think he is going to love having glasses because his world will open up around him. I am hoping they will be in by the end of the week. And I shall take a pic and post on here so you can see how cute he looks. He went straight to the children’s rack, and went straight to this lovely pair of tortoiseshell glasses. They are Nike. So they are expensive! He has expensive taste! He would not entertain any others. He wanted these. He wanted them so much that he didn’t want to take them off to have the lenses put in them. He wanted to wear them home. We had a real meltdown when I dragged him out of the shop minus the glasses. Poor little fella. I think he will be overwhelmed when we collect them hopefully Friday. I am so excited too. Now I know for sure that his eyesight is so poor I want it corrected asap! I hate to think of him in this little world of haziness. It just shows, these Paeds do not know what they are talking about half the time – and the parent is the expert. I just wish I had been more proactive and assertive in this a bit earlier on. Daniel has just had his sixth birthday and has had poor eyesight all his short life. He will be amazed when he gets his glasses. I am hoping his world will be so amazing that he will not want to take the glasses off. Fingers crossed.