heartbreaking photo of glasses meet garbage disposal

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment



photo credit Gina Glorioso Rendall

Sometimes you see a photo, and read the explanation and your heart just sinks:

“Totally heartbroken – my one-year-old dropped his glasses down the sink and they went through the garbage disposal.”

Posted to the Little Four Eyes facebook group, shared here with permission.

My book is published

July 10, 2014 3 comments

I’ve posted a bit about the children’s book about glasses that I’ve been working on – it’s one that I held a Kickstarter project to raise the funding for.  Well I’m thrilled to say that the book has been published and is now available for purchase.  The whole experience has been fascinating, eye opening, way outside my comfort zone, but in the end, a really good experience. cover final The project was largely inspired by the comments I’d gotten on the photo gallery page.  I had figured the photo gallery would be great for parents to see the range of glasses available for kids, but I hadn’t expected that parents would show their kids the gallery, and that kids would feel better about their glasses after seeing other kids like them in glasses.  I also remember how much Zoe loved looking at books with pictures of kids, and I wanted her to see kids who wore glasses just like she did.  And I was also a bit sick of books that talked about kids who hated glasses or who were teased about their glasses.  Those are definitely good stories to have, but they didn’t reflect Zoe’s experiences at all.

After waiting for 5 years for someone else to write a book that featured photos of kids in glasses, I finally decided that I was going to have to do it.  And luckily, I knew that my friend Kristin from Peeps Eyewear was just as interested as I was in helping kids in glasses, and since she had published a children’s book, she knew a lot more about the process and had the contacts to actually make it work.  She agreed to be my publisher, for which I am so very thankful. I’m thankful, too, for so many of you who backed the Kickstarter or shared the project or gave me support (I wrote a bit about Kickstarter here and here).  I was able to get funding to cover most of the up front costs (photo shoot, graphic design, printing, etc). We held the photo shoot for the book in January.  The daycare center that my children attend was gracious enough to let us use their classroom (with fun colorful toys, and huge windows to let in the sunshine) for the photo shoot.

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Our photographer, Heide, was simply amazing.  She worked hard and had a fantastic rapport with the kids.  And the kids were all amazing, too!  It was honestly a lot of fun –  just watching these kids play and have fun, and watching Heide work her magic to get some amazing shots, and meeting the parents and hearing all about their stories. Then came more work – choosing photos, working with the graphic designer, trying to get the print run to be true to color, getting an ISBN for the book… all sorts of things that I had never, ever dealt with before, so again, I’m thankful for Kristin’s help.

It took longer than anyone of us had expected, especially since we had to not only produce the book, but also the other rewards for the Kickstarter backers.  But now I can hold all that hard work in my hands!

that's my hand...holding my book!

that’s my hand…holding my book!

I have to say one more huge thank you to all of you out there for your support and inspiration for this book.  I don’t know how I can thank you all enough.


Reader request: anyone with a child diagnosed with CHED?

Is there anyone out there with a child diagnosed with CHED (Congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy), either recessive or dominant?   Another parent is really hoping to connect others facing the same thing, as it’s a rare disorder, their having trouble finding others out there.

Leave a comment, or drop me an email (ann@shinypebble.com) if you would like to connect.


Self-portraits of children in glasses

June 29, 2014 2 comments

There were some posts in the facebook group recently of pictures that kids had drawn with them in glasses.  They were all just too cute.  With parents’ permission, I thought I’d share them with you all.  I know it was quite a while before Zoe would draw herself with glasses.  It felt like a turning point when she started drawing herself in glasses.


Want more?  There’s some great drawings, tips, and even poems by kids in glasses at Kids’ Health: Eyes – wearing glasses (part of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network in South Australia).

Does your child draw pictures of him or herself in glasses?  Want to share?  Feel free to send me their drawing at ann@shinypebble.com!

Survey for US parents of blind or visually-impaired children

June 14, 2014 1 comment

Stephen sent the following:


I am visually impaired as are two of my daughters. I am also a firefighter and currently conducting research to see is blind and visually impaired persons are adequately taught education in fire prevention and life safety.

I am posing a link to survey for parents of blind and visually impaired persons. It is a Google Drive survey. I ask that you please take 10 minutes to complete it.

The goal is that my theory is supported and proves the need for education for VIP’s in fire prevention and life safety and hopefully provides the catalyst for change. I apologize, but only US residents feedback is needed as my focus of my research is in the US only.

Click here to take the survey

Children’s Eye Foundation 2014 photo contest – Best Buddies to See You Through

May 17, 2014 3 comments

It’s again time for the annual Children’s Eye Foundation photo contest for their calendar.  The Children’s Eye Foundation  is the foundation of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS).

Take a look at this year's calendar.

Take a look at the 2014 calendar.

The theme for this year’s photo contest is “Best Buddies to See You Through“.  Once you submit a photo, people can vote on their favorites.  The top 10 vote-getters will win a camera, and a panel of judges will choose from all submissions the photos that are featured in the calendar.  Voting is open until August 31, 2014.

A number of kids from our community are featured in the calendar each year (of course they are – our kids are super cute!).

Take a look at the full rules for the contest, and submit your photo.   If you do submit a photo, leave a comment here letting us know which photo you submitted.

You can also vote for your favorite photo!  You can vote for one photo once each day.

All About the Eye Doctor: an 8 year old’s account

May 9, 2014 Leave a comment


MeganMegan is 8 years old, she’s worn glasses since she was 10 months old for nystagmus. She wrote (on her own) a fantastic piece for her local paper that’s all about going to the eye doctor. It’s a great read, especially if your child is wondering what a trip to the eye doctor will be like.

Sometimes you have to go to the eye doctor. It may sound scary but it is actually a lot fun! 

When you get to the room, you sit in a big chair, the chair has buttons and really cool eye stuff but don’t touch it. It is for the doctor. 


Check out the whole article on the Liberty County Vindicator. Way to go Megan!


Categories: eye exams, for kids, nystagmus

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