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Great Glasses Play Day 2014 updates!

March 13, 2014 1 comment

We’re getting closer to this year’s Great Glasses Play Day – our 3rd annual event will happen the first weekend in May!

What’s the Great Glasses Play Day?

For anyone unfamiliar with the event, it’s a day to celebrate kids in glasses, patches, and contacts.  It’s a chance to meet up and have a good time and support one another.  And it’s a chance to raise awareness of the importance of catching and treating vision issues early.

From last year's Portland event!

A scene from last year’s Portland event!

We have locations around the world where volunteers help to organize meet-ups.  These often take place at parks or play areas.  Mostly it’s a chance for our kids to get together and make new friends.  We’ll provide organizers with flyers and materials for some of the activities, and we’ll help get the word out.

So where are the events?Ann Zawistoski's photo.

Check out the Great Glasses Play Day website to see the most up to date map.  We’re still in the planning phase, so you’ll want to check back for the full details.
Don’t see a location near you?  You can sign up to organize one in your area!
First, check out the map of all the events! This is still a tentative map, with more

T-shirts!

And the t-shirts for the day are available, too! Designed by Eye Power Kid’s Wear – proceeds from the sales will help cover some of the costs the come with throwing these events!  Order your shirt today!


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Wonderful video of a baby getting glasses for the first time

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

I saw this video and just had to share it (with the permission of the parents, of course!).  The baby is 6 months old and has just gotten his first pair of glasses for myopia (nearsightedness / shortsightedness) and astigmatism.  You can watch the moment he starts seeing everything around him – his pacifier falls right out of his mouth!  It is such a stark reminder of how life-changing glasses can be for those who need them.   His mother writes:

We found out that our baby needed glasses when he was 6 months old. We were seeing a pediatric ophthalmologist regularly because he was born 8 weeks premature but we had no suspicion of any vision issues. He was diagnosed with severe myopia (-12.00 in both eyes) as well as an astigmatism. On a side note, we felt so fortunate that we were forced to see the ophthalmologist and caught it so early. He developed perfectly with the glasses and I wonder what kind of delays he could have had if he was not seeing properly. By the way, the doctors believe that family genetics are to blame more than the prematurity.

As an aside, not every child takes to glasses so quickly.  If your child doesn’t like their glasses at first, don’t despair, you are in good company.  Zoe took 2 weeks before she’d leave hers on regularly, and that’s not uncommon.   You can read our tips for helping the transition to wearing glasses.


Is it a good thing for glasses to be associated with geeks and nerds?

February 5, 2014 2 comments

Recently, UK retailer Tesco had some children’s shirts for sale that had a picture of an animal wearing glasses and the word “geek” or “nerd.”  Quite a few parents wrote on Tesco’s wall to complain about the shirts linking glasses with a term that many people still feel is an insult.  Tesco decided to remove those shirts, and you’d think that would be the end of that.  But some newspapers picked up the story, and chose one mother’s post in particular and wrote articles about how that one mother had forced Tesco to remove a line of clothing.  The story has taken off from there, though hardly any of the newspapers have bothered to talk with Aneliese, the mother whose post they cited, about any of it.  (I’m not linking to any of the articles because the reporting was so very shoddy).  Now I’m not new to the Internet, I know that people can be cruel and take things way out of context, but I’ve been horrified by the number of awful comments, tweets, and posts that Aneliese and her son have received due to this.  Inside the Wendy House has a good post that talks about what happened (and actually talked with Aneliese about the incident, as have I).

Tesco is not the first retailer to have shirts that show a character in glasses with the work “geek” or “nerd”, and I’m sure they won’t be the last.  The question shows up a lot in the Little Four Eyes facebook group.  It’s always leads to an interesting and spirited debate, and the community seems to be pretty evenly split on the issue.  On the one hand, as many parents point out, “geek” and “nerd” are no longer the insults that they used to be, in fact, they can be seen as cool and the words should be taken as compliments.  Any thing that portrays glasses as being cool, those parents say, is something we should celebrate.  Other parents note that “geek” and “nerd” may be cool for some, but they’re still a stereotype with specific associations that are not all positive, such as being introverted and socially awkward.  For those parents, glasses are something that help or at least protect, our children’s vision, they don’t define our children’s personalities, for better or for worse.

I hope everyone can agree that insulting a mother for giving a retailer feedback about their merchandise is completely uncalled for unnecessary, and frankly, really awful.

I should note that I consider myself a nerd (I’m not cool enough to be a geek), and that I’ve been nerdy all my life.  It wasn’t a label that I liked as a kid or in high school, but now 20-some years later, it’s a label that I will proudly wear.  I also wear glasses, but even when I wore contacts, I was quite a nerd.

I do think there are a lot of problems, though, with associating “geek” and “nerd” with wearing glasses.  I honestly cannot think of another personality stereotype (and let’s be honest, whether you see geek/nerd as good or bad, it’s a stereotype) that is associated with something that needs to be worn for medical reasons.  The need to wear glasses is almost always because of structural issues with the eye – this has nothing to do with a person’s intelligence or how well they do interacting with others.

It bothers me because while I’m happy with being labeled a nerd, I know plenty of people who would not be happy with that characterization.  Some of those people wear glasses.  I look at Zoe, and I wonder what she’ll want to be known as when she gets a bit older.  Will she want to be the nerdy girl?  Or will she want to be arty, or athletic, or will she want people to not label her at all?  Who she decides to be should not have anything to do with the fact that she’s hyperopic with moderate astigmatism.

On a less personal note, I have written before about the problems that can arise when children aren’t treated for vision issues.  I hear from a lot of parents when they first learn their child needs glasses, and many of those parents are filled with fears (I know I was).  Some of those fears have to do with general vision and glasses-related issues, but there’s also the fear that your child will be seen and treated differently once they have glasses.  Glasses for your child are hard enough to deal with, even without the fears, they’re expensive and frustrating.  I’d love to lessen any of the stress that comes with having a young child in glasses – that’s part of why I started this blog, and that’s part of what’s behind my dislike of the association of glasses and nerd/geekiness.  Why add to the potential reasons why a parent might not follow through and make sure their child needs glasses?  Not that I think this alone will solve the problem, but I don’t think it helps.

All that being said, there is a lot of evidence that the fears we have as parents of our child being treated differently or seen as less attractive because of their glasses are not always borne out.  I don’t want to dismiss anyone who has actually experienced their child being bullied or teased because of their glasses, but there have been studies that have found that glasses really aren’t seen as a bad thing by other kids:

  • One study asked kids in glasses and their parents a series of questions about their quality of life including socially.  It asked the kids questions like “are you teased because of your eyes?”  And it asked parents questions like, “do people treat your child differently because of his or her vision?”  The kids’ answers were the same as other kids their age without glasses.  They did not report being teased because of their glasses.  The parents on the other hand were very worried about their child being treated poorly.
  • Another study had kids look at pictures of other kids, some with glasses, some without, and asked which kids they’d rather play with, and which ones were the most honest, or smart, or better looking, or better at sports.  According to that study, there was no difference in how kids saw other kids in glasses, except that they thought they looked smarter.

Essentially, what our kids experience because of their glasses is probably not as bad as we worry about.

So what do you think?  Is it a good thing that glasses are associated with the newly cool nerd and geek identities?  Or is it something that bothers you?  (I don’t think I need to add this, but please be kind in your comments, I think this is one of those topics where people can disagree with very good reasons on all sides of the issue).


Your stories: Her First and Won’t be Her Last

February 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Tara from Happy Soul Project kindly sent in this post reflecting on a year since her little girl had eye surgery.  She describes the fears and uncertainty that we all felt when we first learned our child or children had vision issues.  This was originally posted on her blog, Happy Soul Project, and is reposted here with her permission.  Oh, and if her daughter looks familiar, you may have seen her featured in the Huffington Post article about what makes you different is what makes you beautiful.  - Ann Z

Her first and won’t be her last

This time last year I was on night 1 of at least 4 or 5 of absolutely no sleep…This time tomorrow I was desperately trying to look into my 5 week old baby girl’s eyes still kinda hoping for a miraculous miracle…This time the following day I was handing my tiny baby to a surgeon and literally collapsing and choking in fear…This time the day after I was learning to put in and care for a minuscule contact and instructed to patch my daughter’s “good eye” half her waking hours – Awesome to decipher for a newborn right?

This time last year was just filled with the unknown…

Would the surgery be successful? Would she survive the post surgery complications? Would the plan of care after even work? Would her other eye need surgery? Would she need glasses?

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Nothing in the world prepares you for hearing the news that your child, let alone your newborn needs surgery…And no matter how many parents you seek out who have been there before, articles you read or sit down chats with the surgeons, the absolute feeling of helplessness is bound to overtake you…

I’ve been sitting here this morning reading blogs from last year, sobbing if really you must know…Remembering how very terrified I was…With each surgery she’s had since, those feelings return but the first one will be forever etched in my mind…

It was the first time I had to see her in one of those ridiculous hospital gowns, way too big to fit any 5 week old baby…It was the first time the clock absolutely dragged & I watched my husband pound donut after donut, nervously waiting for an update…And it was the first time I felt nothing but utter gratefulness, when she was finally put back into my arms…It was her first and it won’t be her last but the feelings surrounding this surgery will be with me always…

I wonder if every year around the time of her surgeries I will reflect on them as I have these last few days…I wonder if the tears will still come like they have while writing this…I wonder if the fear will still kinda get caught in my throat when I think back to how desperately I was begging God to keep her here with us…And I wonder if I will always be as awed with how far she’s come…

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I wrote this a year ago before her surgery,

“So, as I learn to let go of what I can’t control- I realized that all that really matters is how I live my life & teach my babies to live theirs…I can’t control that Noal is a busy boy, has my short little legs & has my sassy personality…I can’t control that Reid was born with Down Syndrome, had a hole in her heart or needs eye surgery…I can only control how I handle what has been given to me- How I hope to raise Noal & Reid to be loving, kind, open minded, grateful & Happy Little Souls…At the end of the day this is what I truly believe to be important.”

And let’s just say it’s been one hell of a year learning to let go and realize what’s important & I truly think I have been a pretty damn good student of just that…

To read about my thoughts hours before Pip’s first surgery Click HERE
and to read about Pip’s Eye Surgery/Complications & the Outcome Click HERE

Tara is a quirky wanna-be Writer/Blogger, adoring/annoyed wife, minivan mum to 2 hooligans, one who just happens to have Down syndrome & most importantly a Happy Soul…She is the founder of Happy Soul Project {www.happysoulproject.com} & is currently working on her first book. You can reach Tara at t@happysoulproject.com


Frequently Asked Questions: how do eye doctors determine the prescription when a child can’t talk or read an eye chart

January 17, 2014 Leave a comment

One of the questions that you run in to a lot when you have a very little one in glasses is how an eye doctor can determine the prescription of kids who can’t read letters yet — and in many cases, aren’t verbal yet.  It was one of the things I wondered about when we took Zoe in at 9 months old.  It turns out that eye doctors (optometrists and ophthalmologists) have a number of tools to help them do this.  At Zoe’s early appointments, they used Teller Cards (grey cards with black and white lines on them) as well as dilating her eyes and using the retinoscope to look at the shape of her eye.  The Teller cards are an example of a subjective measurement of her acuity – it requires some response from her, in this case, it was whether or not she looked at the black and white squares.  Other examples of subjective measurements include eye charts, which can use letters or symbols.  The retinoscopy was an objective refraction.  That is, it looked at the shape of her eye to see how well she could focus without requiring a response from her.

Teller Acuity Cards, from www.stereooptical.com

Teller Acuity Cards, from http://www.stereooptical.com

For a more complete explanation of how it all works, I turned to Dr. Dominick Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A.  He is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/IllinoisCollege of Optometry and is in private practice in Chicago, Il.  He also writes about latest research in vision and vision care of children at MainosMemos.

An objective examination of refractive error (myopia, also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness; hyperopia, also known as farsightedness or longsightedness; and astigmatism) can be completed several ways.  You can use an auto-refractor (though most do not work well for little ones) where the child looks at this computerized device and it tells you the refractive error. Eye doctors can also use a retinoscope. This is a small handheld flashlight that directs a light into the eye.  When it is reflected back out, depending upon the type of refractive error, it will move in a certain way. We then neutralize this movement by placing lenses in front of the eye. Once we see no movement, we know the refractive error. In terms of accuracy, they are all accurate depending upon several factors.

Retinoscopy.  From National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health Ref#: EE95

Retinoscopy. From National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health Ref#: EE95

The same pretty much applies to the subjective measurement of visual acuity. Teller Cards, Snellen Chart and the Lea Symbols all measure visual acuity but slightly differently. Once again all are accurate. I am not quite as concerned about the number generated by the visual acuity test at this age.  I am much more concerned with both eyes having similar numbers. You want both eyes to see equally as well. [emphasis mine - Ann Z]

Now on to prescribing for little ones: Giving glasses is still as much art as it is science (something about humans being so…well human!). For example, most people want to be fully corrected if they have myopia (nearsightedness / shortsightedneess) so they can see clearly at all distances.  Hyperopia (farsightedness / longsightedness) is even more tricky. If you are farsighted and a child, you can compensate for the farsightedness by kicking in your focusing ability. Unfortunately this can lead to major problems such as accommodative esotropia: when you compensate for the high amount of hyperopia by using your focusing system, an eye turn inwards results (from MainosMemos, “What is Accomodative Esotropia?“). To complicate matters even more, ophthalmologists and optometrists have different philosophies when it comes to prescribing glasses. Ophthalmologists tend to prescribe for higher amounts of farsightedness, while Optometrists lower. The good news is that for infants and toddlers we probably prescribe in a similar way.

The important thing is to find a doctor you trust and follow his/her advice. Don’t be afraid to seek out a second opinion and don’t be surprised if that second opinion if different from what you’ve been hearing.  Ask lots of questions. Ask why the doctor is recommending what they are recommending. If the doc doesn’t have the time to fully explain what he/she is doing, find a new doc.  I hope this helps!!!”

– Ann here again.  Many, many thanks again to Dr. Maino for the explanations.  

A reader found this video a while ago that does a nice job of illustrating how the retinoscopy described above works.

Round up of some good links (picture tutorial, giveaways, and special offers)

January 14, 2014 1 comment

I’ve come across some links recently that I wanted to make sure to share:

Happy Monday everyone!


Book reviews: Three new books written by authors who have been through it! My Bright Blue Glasses, and Jack Wears Glasses and Jack Wears Contact Lenses and Glasses …Just Like You!

January 14, 2014 11 comments

I’m excited to be reviewing three new books by Juliette Vignola, and Cynthia Davis and Baby Sue Acree. The authors of these books have all been through glasses either as a parent of a young child in glasses, or as a child who wore glasses themselves. I am giving away the copies of the books used in this review. See the bottom of the post for details.

My Bright Blue Glasses by Cynthia Davis and Baby Sue Acree

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The first book, “My Bright Blue Glasses“, is written by Cynthia Davis and Baby Sue Acree. Author Davis’s son was diagnosed with amblyopia at 3 years old, and author Acree was diagnosed with amblyopia in 2nd grade. The story follows Tommy and his stuffed animal friends “Puppy” and “Little Bunny.” Tommy learns that he needs glasses, and would have to wear an eye patch and do vision therapy.

The book does a great job of introducing the idea of glasses and patches and vision therapy in an understandable, relatable and realistic way without being overly-negative. While Tommy is not happy about his glasses, his family and friends help him to see how much they help. The concepts of why a child might need glasses or patches are clearly explained. Some books fall into the trap of only showing how much a child dislikes their glasses, while other books talk only about how wonderful glasses are. I really appreciated how My Bright Blue acknowledges the difficulties with glasses and patches without dwelling on them, and balances that with humor and a celebration of good vision.

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Everyone loves to get ice cream after an eye exam!

The illustrations are charming. I loved seeing what Puppy and Bunny would be doing in each scene: in one scene, Bunny is testing Puppy’s eyes, in another, they’re both enjoying ice cream in their own ways.


Jack Wears Contact Lenses and Glasses … JUST LIKE YOU! & Jack Wears Glasses and a Patch … JUST LIKE YOU by Juliette Vignola

contacts cover glasses coverThe next two books, “Jack wears contact lenses and glasses … JUST LIKE YOU!” and “Jack wears glasses and a patch … JUST LIKE YOU!” are by Juliette Vignola and are the second and third book in the “JUST LIKE YOU” series, following her first book, “Samantha wears a  contact lens and a patch … JUST LIKE YOU!” Like her first book, these show a day in the life of a young child who needs vision correction.

I should first explain that Vignola used many of the same pages in her two Jack books. In the first, “Contact Lenses and Glasses,” Jack is a bilateral aphakic child who needs to wear contacts and sometimes wears a patch or glasses. In the second book, Jack needs glasses and a patch, so the contact lens pages are left out.  The result are two different books addressing two different reasons for wearing glasses (bilateral aphakia, and amblyopia). This means that the “JUST LIKE YOU” series now has a book for:

  • unilateral aphakic kids
  • bilateral aphakic kids
  • amblyopic kids

I think it’s great that these books address very specific situations. Each book emphasizes the routineness of glasses (in this case bifocals) and contacts and patches — as an example, in the “Contact lenses and glasses” book, the contact lenses always go in the left eye first. This focus on these things being routine can be wonderfully comforting to kids as that is their experience once they’re past the initial adjustment period. The books do not talk at all about learning you have a vision problem or starting out with contacts or glasses, which makes them perfect for kids who have been doing this for a while, but still want a book character who wearing glasses or contacts like them. The books do give brief explanations of what the glasses, contacts, and patches are for.  The books also direct questions at the child reading the book, helping them to think about their own experiences.

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Page from “Jack needs glasses and a patch…”

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Page from “Jack needs contact lenses and glasses…”

The illustrations are simple, cheerful, and upbeat.  At the end of each book, Vignola has included a page of notes of helpful tips and advice from her own experiences.

Books Giveaways

I have one copy of each book to give away. Leave me a comment with the title of the book you’d like to be entered to win — you can list more than one title, but winners are limited to one book each (so if you win in the first drawing for My Bright Blue Glasses, you won’t be eligible for either of the JUST LIKE YOU books.

If you want to add something to your comment, leave your best piece of advice for parents who are just starting out with a child in glasses, patches, or contacts.  Or, if you’re just starting out, what’s your biggest question?


Frequently asked question: how will I ever get my child to wear glasses?

December 11, 2013 2 comments
Zoe was not always happy in glasses.  Sometimes, she was downright skeptical.

Zoe was not always happy in glasses.

The Little Four Eyes facebook group gets quite a few parents who have just learned that their child will need glasses.  Many come to the group with the same question: “How on earth am I ever going to convince my wonderful, but strong-willed child to keep glasses on her face?”  For many of us, the only experience we’ve had with getting our child to keep something on their face is with sunglasses or maybe trying on frames at the optical shop.  If we’re asking the question, chances are those experiences didn’t end well.

So for those who are asking that question right now, I have a couple of thoughts which may or may not be comforting.  First, sunglasses and display frames at an optical shop don’t actually help a child see.  Kids are more likely to leave on glasses with prescription lenses because those glasses will help them to see better.  That’s the good news.  The less good news is that it can take a while for a child to get to that point.

pollI ran a poll last year asking parents how long it took their child to get used to their glasses.  Nearly half of the parents said their child took to their glasses right away.  So you very well may be one of the lucky ones.  Almost a third (29.5%) said their child took to their glasses in 2 weeks or less.  And then the last 23.5% said it took more than 2 weeks.    What that says to me is that you’re not alone going through this, and the amount of time it takes your child to wear their glasses well will depend a lot of the child and probably a whole lot of other factors.  Chances are that your child will wear their glasses well pretty quickly, but if they don’t you still have a lot of good company.  (For what it’s worth, it took Zoe 2 weeks to wear her glasses well).

General themes for keeping the glasses on

Every child is different, so not all of these will work for everyone, but in reading the stories of so many parents, there are some common themes:

  1. Stay consistent
    Make the glasses part of your routine from the beginning.  Put them on your child first thing in the morning.  Every time your child takes them off, put them back on.  If you have to take them off for something (to wash their face or nap time), tell them that you’re just taking the glasses off for a little bit.  And then put the glasses right back on when it’s time.This means that you may find yourself putting your child’s glasses back on hundreds of times a day (or at least it may feel that way).  Just keep at it and know that it will get better.
  2. Stay neutral/positive
    Your child will pick up on your cues about this.  So if you’re really upset about their glasses, that’s not going to help them want to wear their glasses.  Instead, even if you’re frustrated that it’s the 101st time you put the glasses on, have a smile on your face when you put them on.  But you don’t need to make a big deal out of the glasses, certainly not day to day.  Just set them back on your child’s face with a smile every time they come off.If your child throws a fit or gets really upset.  Set the glasses aside for a few minutes until they calm down.  Then put the glasses back on calmly with a smile.

    (And yes, I know how frustrating it gets.  But putting the glasses on your child’s face and trying to hold the glasses there with one hand, while fending off your childs hand with the other doesn’t work.  I tried.)

  3. Find ways to distract your child
    You know your child and what your child loves.  Use that to your advantage and as soon as the glasses go on their face, find that special something to distract your child.  Book, TV, game, toy, walk outside, zoo, whatever it is, use it!  You want your child to get used to looking at the world through their glasses – it will help them realize how much better they see with their glasses, which will encourage them to keep them on.

Some specific tricks

These are tricks that I’ve heard and collected over the years.  Again, because all kids are different, some may not be appropriate for your child at all.

  1. Put your child’s glasses on while they are sleeping.  For some kids, they won’t notice when they wake up, and will wear their glasses better after that.
  2. Get a stuffed animal or doll with glasses.  Have your child put the glasses on the animal.
  3. Read books about getting or wearing glasses.
  4. Throw a new glasses party.  That can include having #1 and 2 or even cake or other festivities.  Yes, this goes against the advice to not make a big deal about it, but that advice is more for the day to day stuff, for the first day, if your child is the type to celebrate those milestones, then go for it.
  5. Explain why your child needs the glasses.  This obviously works better for older children.
  6. Show your child the photo gallery so he or she doesn’t feel so alone with their glasses.
  7. Sticker charts!  Your child gets a sticker for each day he or she wears their glasses well, with some reward after a week.
  8. Let your child choose which glasses to put on.  If you have a back-up pair, consider letting your child choose which they want to wear.  That gives them a choice in the matter, they still have to wear glasses, but they can choose which to wear.  You could also use something like Ficklets to decorate the glasses if they want variety a different way.
  9. Take the glasses off in the car.  If your child gets bored in the car, they are likely to take off their glasses and play with them in their carseat.  For the first few months, you may want to just take them off ahead of time.
  10. If your child had a terrible day of not wearing glasses at all, know that it does usually get better.  Just take a break and start again first thing the next morning.
  11. If your child is absolutely refusing to wear their glasses after a couple of weeks, make sure that the frames are adjusted well and get the prescription checked.  If your child is farsighted or wears bifocals, you can ask your child’s eye doctor for atropine drops.  The drops will relax your child’s focusing muscles and keep them from being able to see clearly without glasses.  (Farsighted children can focus through their farsightedness, which can make it harder for them to accept glasses because they don’t always see the benefit to their glasses, and they have to learn to relax their focusing muscle and let the glasses focus for them.)

Again, know that it does get better.

Do you have other specific tips or tricks?


Contests, giveaways, and surveys, oh my!

November 21, 2013 5 comments

First, a quick note to say that I have updated the photo galleries with some wonderful new photos of kiddos in glasses and in patches.  Thank you to everyone who has shared their photos!  They really go a long way to helping other families and young kids in glasses and patches to feel less alone.

‘Tis the season for all sorts of giveaways and contests, it seems.  And there’s some really good ones going on right now. Here’s a quick rundown of the ones I know of:

  • Share your opinions – be entered to win $50 Amazon card: There is a survey that is looking at ways to improve the glasses-buying experience for parents with young children who need glasses.  They are looking for opinions of US parents whose children needed glasses before the age of 8.  At the end of the survey, they will do a drawing and one participant will receive a $50 Amazon card. US only. UPDATE: Survey is still open.   Survey closes Dec. 1, 2013.  Take the survey here.
  • Yes, that is celery wearing glasses.

    Yes, that is celery wearing glasses.

    Make a funny face with fruits and vegetables and glasses – win 1 of 12 pairs of Zoobug frames:  Zoobug glasses has a super-cute funny face contest, with 12 winners, each receiving a pair of Zoobug frames!  Just dress up a fruit or vegetable like a face wearing glasses and send the photo in to their facebook page, or tweet it to @Zoobuglondon.  Contest is open worldwide, and ends December 9, 2013.  More details here.

  • 893002_1431334267095373_634099899_oClosed.  Facebook giveaway with a whole lot of prizes: Eye Candy by Gwen is hosting a huge holiday giveaway on her facebook page.  The prizes include books, accessories, patches, and even eye glasses frames.  Giveaway ends November 25, 2013.  Contest is open worldwide, but shipping may be required for international winners in some cases.   More details here.
  • JacobsEyePatchEnter your child’s school library to win a copy of Jacob’s Eye Patch: Patch Pals and author Beth Kobliner Shaw are working together to give away 100 copies to elementary school libraries.  US only.  The last 25 copies will be given away on November 26, 2013.  More details here.
  • Of course, there’s the patching giveaway going on here, with patches, books and a bear wearing an eye patch.  The giveaway is open world wide and ends November 25.  Take a look!

And please, if you haven’t looked at the Glasses board book Kickstarter, take a look.  We are getting very close to our goal, but still need a bit more to be fully funded.  The Kickstarter ends November 26.


Glasses! a board book – update

November 17, 2013 Leave a comment

The Kickstarter for the Glasses! board book is still running.  There are only 9 days left, and we’re almost two-thirds of the way there!
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The book will have photos of toddlers and babies in glasses, doing the sorts of things that young kids do: having fun, playing, being kids. (The photos for the book have not yet been taken)

I have heard so often from so many of you that seeing pictures of other children in glasses has helped so much.  For kids, seeing other kids in glasses helps them feel less alone and get excited about their own glasses.  And for parents, it can help make the idea of your child in glasses less scary and unknown.  I know when I learned that Zoe needed glasses, I couldn’t think of a single child under the age of 5 in glasses, so it was really hard to imagine what we were getting in to.

There are just so few books out there that are aimed at the very youngest of kids in glasses, and so little awareness of the importance of good vision in young children.  This book project addresses that directly.  But I need your help to make this happen.  We need to raise the full goal of $6,000 by November 26.  If that goal isn’t reached, then none of the funding comes through (that’s the  way Kickstarter works, and it’s a good protection for backers – if a project can’t raise enough money to continue, then you don’t have to worry about losing money).

Many people have said that they wish this book had existed when their child was little – heck, it’s the book that I wish existed when Zoe first got glasses.  Well, even if your child is past the board book stage, you can still back the project and have a copy sent to a childcare provider, or preschool, or library of your choice.  I’ll include a resource page for parents and caregivers.  That way, the book will be there when another family needs it!

Help make this happen!

valentines

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