The Eyes Have It: The Professor and The Eye Doctor

The Professor's "good" glasses, or what's left of them.

The Professor’s “good” glasses, or what’s left of them.

Recently I was looking at some pictures that my Facebook friends had posted and came across pictures of my cousin’s kids in their brand new glasses.  I turned to The Professor to tell him to come take a look at his cousin’s new glasses.  As I started to open my mouth, I realized that his glasses WERE NOT ON HIS FACE.

“Where are your glasses?” I asked.

“Oh, I must have left them lying in the yard!”  He ran outside to get them.

Why am I not surprised at this?  Four pairs of glasses in two years.  Countless trips to get them fixed.  The expensive pair, snapped in half.  Unrepairable and out of warranty.  The crappy pair, the earpieces superglued and held together with two plastic sleeves, are the ones he has been wearing for the last couple of months.

The original pair of glasses, the ones that broke seventeen times in two months. The ones that are cobbled together that he is wearing now...

The original pair of glasses, the ones that broke seventeen times in two months. The ones that are cobbled together that he is wearing now…

...And the really expensive second pair that were supposedly indestructible.  Guess what, we found out time and time again that they weren't.

…And the really expensive second pair that were supposedly indestructible. Guess what?  We found out time and time again that they weren’t.  Refer to the picture at the top…

This past week we had to take him in for his biannual eye exam.  The minute I announced that he had an appointment coming up he panicked. He was afraid they were going to dilate his eyes.  Just like any time he has a well child checkup-he panics because he’s afraid he might get a shot.  Oh poor kid, he gets it honest.

After this appointment was over I’m convinced that this must be what it’s like to take Sheldon Cooper to the eye doctor, except that my son doesn’t have his degree in Quantum Physics yet.

The second the nurse called him back, he started chattering,proceeding to ask 10,000 questions.  He wanted to know the scientific basis behind every piece of equipment in there. “What’s that called?  What does that do?  How does that work?”  The nurse was a pro, answering his questions all the while keeping her cool, because I’m sure it had to get annoying after a while.

After the nurse left,  he asked for me to get him down the book about the human eye from up on the shelf above the counter. For some reason he loves reading this every time we come so he can learn about eye disorders.  My kid wondering about disorders, imagine that (at least he’s not googling them!  First he asked about cataracts.  He thought he might have them.  Then he saw the page about diabetic retinopathy.  He thought perhaps he had a little of that too.

“No, no.  You don’t have any of those.”  I reassured him.  He handed over the book, not convinced at all.

“So what’s wrong with my eyes?  Why do I have to wear glasses?”

He has had them for this long and he’s just now asking?

“Well, you have two eyes and one of them is stronger than the other.  You have to wear glasses to strengthen your weaker eye.”

“I’d like to read more about that.”  He replied.  He wasn’t buying this.  I was pretty sure at this point that he thinks that we made up the whole glasses thing as another terrible thing that we make him do.  Like shopping at Target.  Terrible, just terrible.

glasses catThen I remembered that when they initially diagnosed him they gave us a pamphlet.  Maybe they still had one.  I went to the pamphlets and found it, the one about strabismus and amblyopia.  “Here, this is information about what you have.”

He grabbed it and read it in complete silence.  Finally after several minutes he says “So which one do I have, the strabismus or the amblyopia?”

“For sure you have the amblyopia.  We’re a little concerned about your left eye not lining up with your right one.”

“What do you MEAN, LINING UP?”  His eyes almost bugged out of his head.

“You know, we can ask the eye doctor when she comes in.”

He’s always had the weak eye, but a few weeks ago I was taking a picture of him and he turned his head, and his left eye moved and kept moving, out of line with the right one.  It was freaky.

I thought I was imagining things, so then I spent the next few days staring at his eyes.  I’m sure he wondered why I kept staring at him.  Something was definitely up there, I even had Evil Genius stare at him.  He confirmed that yes I was indeed seeing his eye move.  That’s when I decided we’d better make an appointment regardless of whether insurance would cover it.  Apparently our new insurance will only cover an appointment once a year unless “medically necessary”.  He has to go twice a year due to his eye issues.

No offense to our eye doctor, but she is not nearly this cute.

No offense to our eye doctor, but she is not nearly this cute.

When the eye doctor came in, the questions resumed.  He even thought that he should inform the doctor how she should do her job.

“How about this eye?  Do this one first.  You should really do this one first.”

The eye doctor replied “You know, I’m the one who went to medical school and am the one with the medical degree.  Why don’t you let ME choose which one I do first.”

We got to the end of the exam and he announced to the eye doctor “My tendons are detaching from my eyeballs and you need to check them out.”

She looked at me, probably wondering what the hell we tell our kid.  “Um, we don’t KNOW any of that, you just read it.”  I was waiting for him to announce he also had cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.  I was also about ready to climb in the drawer I was sitting next to.

I filled her in on what had been happening with his eye (mainly because I hadn’t been able to get a word in edgewise since she came in.)  She looked him all over and of course couldn’t see what I was talking about.  I’m sure she was thinking what a crazy mom this crazy kid had.

Then we were sent on our way, each child with a windup hopping eyeball.  I’m sure that they were relieved to see us go.  On the way out I made sure that he went and told the ladies in the glasses department how grateful he was that they have fixed his glasses all those times.  I’m sure that they are getting REALLY sick of seeing me bringing them mangled glasses.  The good news on this front is that in January the doctor says he probably won’t need glasses anymore!

The eye has it.

The eye has it.

41 thoughts on “The Eyes Have It: The Professor and The Eye Doctor

  1. So glad to hear he hopefully won’t be needing glasses anymore soon, but you did have me cracking up a bit about his whole conversation with you and then the doctor. Definitely felt like I was right at home with The Big Bang Theory and who doesn’t love Sheldon, lol!! 🙂

  2. love that he is so inquisitive and wants to learn and question his doctors. Most adults don’t do that and that is a great quality to have. I know it gets annoying. Have a great Monday babe

  3. It’s awesome that he asks those questions…he is trying to make himself comfortable with the situation I’m sure. So they didn’t give you an answer? Inquiring minds (mine) want to know? Why DOES his eyeball move??? BTW, those kitty pictures – adorable!

    • She just plain couldn’t see what I was talking about. It’s pretty obvious in the post I did about kindergarten roundup. That’s when I first noticed it, right after I took the picture of him with his artwork. She mumbled something about kids eyes sometimes not completely aligned.

  4. What a cool (and smart! holy cow!) little dude you have. And handsome! Awesome that he soon will no longer need glasses. I’m sorry that I laughed at your expense about the fact he managed to destroy the indestructible pair!

  5. Wow, he really did a number on the “good” glasses! The only thing more disturbing was the photo of the walking eye toy – it looks like either something from a 1950s horror movie poster or the previous owner of the eye had a long night of drinking before an unfortunate accident.

    • For him they are because of his OCD-he just can’t leave them alone! When they fixed the broken earpiece a while back I brought them to him and he was bothered so much by the earpieces not being the same that he messed and messed with them until the other earpiece broke!

  6. Loved reading this and he is such a little dude! Your doing a great job with him. Thump on the head to the doc for not taking your concerns seriously, as Moms often know more.

  7. Kids and glasses are a complete mystery. I didn’t even know my kid need glasses until he was 6! He was reading and writing and I still had no idea until he failed the eye testin the pediatrician’s office. I stil swore it was a mistake. Then they gave us his glasses and told us to be prepared that he will be amazed by how the world “really looks”. we put them on and waited patiently until he spoke…”Everything looks the same. That’s weird.” Needless to say, i wanted my $400 back. Happily, though, I learned from his teacher that duct tape makes a fantastic fix-it material;)

  8. I hate getting my eyes checked…I just can’t keep them open…especially when they shoot that puff of air in your eyes. You’re little one in glasses…man that’s rough…I wear glasses now…but not in public…I don’t want to be a four eyes or anything.

    • They gave up years ago doing the puff test on me. They just put these lovely yellow drops in my eyes and I look like I have hepatitis. They are watching the little one closely, she may be next to get glasses.

      Nothing wrong with being a four eyes! 😉

  9. I love his sponge of a brain, and his cute face in those beat-up glasses. It’s a serious bummer about the bi-annual exam and the frequent glasses destruction. I would be shocked to hear if any little boys kept their glasses intact for very long.

  10. This was so funny Sarah! My brother and I really put my mom through the wringer with broken glasses every few weeks! Guess what I get to do today……Iris said she is having trouble seeing the board in class so I am taking her to the eye doctor today to see if she needs glasses….ah, yes, the circle of life continues!

      • I think she will do pretty good with them but just in case I ordered the more expensive lens with the scratch coating. She apparently has been reading too much and needs glasses for reading because now her eyes can’t adjust to seeing things faraway….there is side affects to being a bookworm!

  11. I’ve worn glasses for 20, no, 30 something years – UGH, I hate math. Most pairs were at some point held together by electrical tape (such a lovely fashion statement). In all those years, I never got anything as cool as a windup hopping eyeball.

    So glad to hear that The Professor won’t be needing glasses next year!

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