This is a timely post because I just realized that February is Low Vision Awareness month. Our son was identified as Low Vision right before the start of his senior year (fall of 2014). The label has actually been a good thing because the Department of Blind and Visually Impaired is providing our son with great services. We have pondered the question, “Why wasn’t he identified earlier?” although that doesn’t really matter. We are in the here and now, and he is receiving the care he needs….which brings me to this post.
I have a purse full of glasses.
Yesterday my son and I headed to the optical shop (OS). We have been customers here for more than 10 years. They know my family well.
This is how the initial conversation started as we walked in the door.
OS: How can we help you?
Me: It’s complicated.
[Now we had everyone’s attention. It’s an optical shop. How complicated can it be? Oh, it was my family. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.]
OS: Oh, by all means, come to table 2.
We went over there. It took a little bit to get S maneuvered up on the tall chairs.
OS: What’s going on? Didn’t S just get new glasses?
Me: Why yes. We just picked them up 3 weeks ago.
OS: Is there a problem with them?
OS: What do you need today?
They should have known something was up when I walked through the door with my purse. I rarely carry a purse. And, at this point, I started pulling S’s glasses out of my purse….one pair, two pairs, three pairs, four pairs, and five pairs. Remember, he was wearing a pair also.
Me: Here’s the situation. S was referred to an ophthalmologist from his ophthalmologist to discuss a possible eye surgery. The new ophthalmologist would like to see him again after he has been wearing glasses with no prisms in the lenses. [S’s glasses have very thick prism lenses in them. The surgery being discussed would be on his eye muscles and hopefully reduce or eliminate the need for prisms.] We told the ophthalmologist that we had glasses at home that didn’t have prisms in them. Unfortunately, they are not the right prescription for him. Long story short, he needs new lenses. What is the best option? Replace lenses in a pair of frames I have with or get new frames and lenses.
This optical shop has always taken good care of us. We are very good customers (think $$$$). All four people in my household wear glasses or contacts. Thank goodness we have good vision coverage through my husband’s work; however, we were private paying this pair of glasses. S’s glasses tend to be expensive because of the high power, prisms, transitions, etc. It helped that these didn’t require prisms, and we opted to not do transition lenses. We don’t know what is going to happen - surgery or no surgery, prisms or no prisms. We are saving our insurance coverage for his permanent pair of glasses once everything is figured out.
The manager of the optical shop clicked around on her computer for a while and presented me with a very reasonable price for frames and lenses. S hates picking out new frames; however, he picked a frame quickly. Now we wait and hope that they come in quickly.
Obviously, since I showed up there with a purse full of glasses, S has glasses that need to be cleaned out of
our house his room. We will get in his bedroom and find out how many other pairs of glasses happen to be buried in there. We will take them to the optical shop so they can be donated through the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program.
You can find me on the couch with chocolate and my purse and a bag of old glasses ready to be donated while we wait for the call that S’s new glasses have come in. Enjoy the weekend!