My youngest sister had such a tough time as a baby because she was blind as a bat. Ok, maybe she wasn’t completely blind, but wow her vision was bad. We all thought maybe she was just lazy, or “special” because she didn’t walk until she was about two years old. In fact, she used to just sit in the middle of the floor waiting for us to bring toys to her. When she finally started walking, our fears went away. She became very communicative and was on par with the rest of the kids. When she started kindergarten, however, she didn’t do very well. We weren’t quite sure what was going on until she had her first eye exam. It turned out that her vision was awful, and she couldn’t make out any letters, everything was just fuzzy. So we got her a pair of glasses. They were these ugly pink frames with a bow on the upper right corner. The lenses were thick. It looked like someone chopped off the bottom of a couple coke bottles and put them in frames. The glasses magnified her eyes, kind of like that character in Harry Potter. It was cute, sad, funny, and adorable all at the same time.
It would have been so awesome if we would have gotten her into an optometrist when she was a baby. We could have detected and corrected her poor eyes earlier.
Speaking of optometrists, Cody and I have two amazing friends that own a business right by where we live. Brian and Annie of the Eye Department are two of the coolest people we have met here in Portland. We recently went to dinner with them and they told us about a cool new program they are launching called “Eye Heart Baby“. When they were telling us the details of the program, all I could think about was my little sister Kadee. I had no idea that kids could get an eye exam as early as 6 months old! This would have been miraculous for her. I’ve got more details about this cool program below. If you’re in the PDX area – please share this with anyone who has a baby that can benefit from this service – also, let them know that there is a launch party on November 8th from 9a-3p. !
Are you a new mom or dad? Has your baby been seen by an eye doctor yet?
The purpose of the EYE HEART BABY Infant Wellness Program is to evaluate the health and vision of infants, to reduce the risk of vision loss and to facilitate proper vision development. Dr. Annie Bacon will be providing eye examinations for babies and children up to two years old as a complimentary service. We believe that every infant and baby should be examined to ensure that their eyes are working together and developing properly. Infants should be seen to ensure each eye can focus, that their eyes are straight and to rule out any abnormalities or internal retinal disease. Dr. Annie will check the working order and structure of the infant’s eyes. She will make sure the infant’s eyes are developing properly and there are no serious vision obstructions like cataracts or tumors. During the baby eye exam, she will look for signs of amblyopia, “lazy eye”, crossed eyes “strabismus”, and signs of near/farsightedness. This is a vital time (between 6 months and two years old) during the visual development of babies. If Dr. Annie finds anything, eye care treatment can be initiated very quickly to seek a positive outcome. Our goal for this program is to help the children of this community be prepared for success as they grow into school age. By offering preventative screening measures to the community, Dr. Annie can provide parents with valuable and potentially vision saving information allowing more children to be in a position to succeed. The diagnosis and treatment of a visual disorder early in life leads to a positive outcome for the child.