unexpected benefit

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8 – with a brief break in high school when I wore contacts – over 20 years in total. Nearly two thirds of my life. I still find myself forgetting to take off my glasses before putting on or taking off a shirt with a tight neck. Inevitably, I get stuck with the shirt half over my face, the neck stuck on my glasses, and me struggling to figure out the best way out of it.

Zoe, on the other hand, has only worn her glasses for 15 months. Now granted, that’s more than half her life, but she has still spent a smaller percentage of her life in glasses than I have. But she’s figured the shirt thing out. She always stops us before we try to put a shirt on or take one off, and will carefully take off her glasses and hand them to us. Must be like learning languages, once you’re past a certain age, there’s nothing you can do to learn to take your glasses off before putting on your turtleneck, but before that age, it takes no time to get it. That, or I’m just no good at putting on shirts. Still, I suspect it’s a life skill that will serve her well in the future.

So what unexpected benefits have you found to having your child in glasses?

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4 responses to “unexpected benefit

  1. I think when one sense is weak, another sense compensates for the weaker sense. For example, Ellie has such acute hearing that when she was very small, we could not take her to crowded places with very loud noises. It would take her all night long to unwind. Now, she can distinguish noises of things down to the difference between the FedEx truck and the UPS truck. Without actually seeing the car or truck, she can tell you what it is. Her bed is next to the window, so when she is awake, she looks out the window every time she hears a noise. This is how she learns to distinguish the sound. With this ability, she can compensate for her lack of vision. Just imagine for example when she is on a playground and without peripheral vision cannot see when someone throws a ball toward her from beside her. She can get out of the way of an object not because she can see it, but because she can hear it. Well, that’s just one of so many benefits of having a small child in glasses. Another one would be that you can empathize so much more for every other child you see with glasses.

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    • Corrie,
      We’ve also had the same issue with Sophie who has Myopia.
      Whenever we’re out she always clings to us and whenever she’s around strangers or a busy place she usually on our hips.
      Also with the trucks she knows the difference between a big trucks and little trucks. She’s also facinated with tractors and motorcycles.
      At times it seems like she can hear them from streets away or before I can see them.
      I’m debating getting her ears checked only because she doesn’t want to go in the backyard (which happens to be near a busy street)and whenever she hears alot of cars going by she’s like a speeding bullet to get inside.
      It does make sense about the stronger/weaker senses, but how did you find out Ellie has acute hearing?
      thanks.

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      • Jeana, the acute hearing was actually a self-diagnosis. 🙂 My pediatrician says that it can be normal for one sense to be so acute to compensate for a weaker sense. i.e. we also have another daughter with a hearing loss. She is four, and can read your lips, and can pretty much learn anything by simply watching us. She is extremely visual to make up for her loss of hearing. Ellie does hang onto us in great fear and with tears when there is a very loud noise that she cannot identify. There is not really anything that you can do about it except to encourage her that cars stay on roads and trains on tracks and airplanes in the sky and that she does not have to be afraid as we will keep her safe. It also helps us to run a fan or some kind of white noise in her room to help her not wake up from every sound. 🙂 Hope this helps!

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  2. Oh Ann that’s hilarious I laughed out loud! Aubrie is just like Zoe…she also insists that her glasses are off before any shirts go on! I haven’t really noticed any other unexpected benefits. I had hoped it would be musical, but based on her singing voice…not so much 🙂 We’re hoping that one improves and she gets her Daddy’s songbird ability instead of mine!

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