Last week we picked up Angela's very first pair of glasses! It really was an exciting day for all of us. After our visit at the low vision clinic in Philadelphia two months ago we were really excited to better understand Angela's vision and left with the hope that our little girl's vision could heal and re-route just like the rest of her little brain.
When we picked up her glasses I wasn't sure what to expect. The prescription is significant but not overly strong, as her blindness stems from the brain and not her actual eyes. But to our surprise when she put the glasses on her she smiled from ear to ear and started to look -- everywhere! The rest of that day she was just looking -- something we are not exactly used to seeing her do. He eyes often drift or stare into space -- but this time she was really actively looking at us and the house. That night when we took them off she kept rubbing her face as to say, why the heck did you take them off?!
Finding the prefect pair for Angela was no easy task. It was suggested to us that we get the miraflex brand, which are rubber and wrap around the head. They are ok -- but I didn't like them and wanted something more stylish for Angela. Right now she is not very mobile so we don't need to really worry about her breaking them. We tried on lots of other infant glasses but we didn't like any of them -- they all looked way to handicap for our vibrant little Angela. The other issue is that due to Angela's microcephaly she has a very small head. Her head circumference is only 15 inches, which added a little more challenge.
We finally found the perfect pair. They were able to give a nice severe bend to the arms so they kinda wrap around her ear and we also found a great strap. So far they are working out wonderfully. She keeps them on and seems to be bothered when we take them off. I'm sure she is highly motivated by her new world.
Angela is amazing. She is growing and developing more that anyone ever told her she would. I just can't wait to see where she is this time next year.
Look out world -- here she comes!