My eight year old daughter needs not only braces (which is no surprise to anyone who has seen photos like this):
but she also needs glasses.
She started complaining, a month or so ago, about her eyes "going blurry" when she read. She has always LOVED to read, but she stopped doing it because her eyes bothered her. We couldn't have that, so I made an appointment for her. Frankly, I suspected the doctor would tell us that her vision is perfect and then she'd have no more excuses. And the thing is, her long-distance and reading vision IS perfect...but her peripheral vision is not. After a whole bunch of tests, the doctor showed us, in simple terms, what he found. He had a small white bottle with a red cap on it; he started out parallel with her ear and brought it around slowly, instructing her to tell him when she could see the red cap. She couldn't see it until it was at about 11:00 o'clock in front of her! So what this means is that, as she is reading, her eyes are struggling to adjust to what is going on off to the side of her, and that's what is causing the blurriness. The great news is that it is NOT degenerative and in fact can be 99.9% treated with light therapy and these special glasses that don't correct her vision but allow more light to come in from the sides so that her eyes won't have to work so hard.
So today we pick out frames and she is oddly VERY excited! I know the novelty will wear off, but she was telling me last night how much better she could see with them on. I think really validated her to know that there really is something wrong and that it wasn't her imagination or "dry eyes" which is what her teacher said when she mentioned the blurriness.
So here we go: time to hock the jewelry and sell the good silver. It's going to be an expensive next several years....