Well, it's that time.
After visiting the eye doctor faithfully each year from the time Samantha was 12 months old, after being told that she had an astigmatism and would eventually need glasses, it's now time.
The doctor has now declared that Sammi's eyes aren't bad, but because she's such an avid reader, now is a good time to take some of the pressure off of her eyes and get her glasses. She'd wear them when she's reading and when she's in class, to look at the board or do projects, etc. She doesn't need them in the hallways, at gym, or on the playground - just when she's concentrating, visually.
The Wiki link to astigmatism is absolutely no help. I think it may have confused me more than I was to begin with, but I think the gist of it is that because of the shape of her eye, she could have difficulty seeing close and also far...? Does that make sense?
Nah, not to me, either.
But I will say this, Samantha was awesome at the eye doctor when Steve took her last week. She let her put the drops in, was patient while she waited, didn't freak out at the blurriness (and told me, when I got home, that her eyes were "a little bit blurry."), and asked if she could get glasses. She's totally in to the idea!
You know what she balked at? The idea that she'd have to wear them on a necklace around her neck so she won't lose them. My kid hates jewelry. But I'm sure she'll get over it.
And I'm sure they'll be adorable. :-)