One day it was time for our annual eye exam at school. They'd bring in students and they'd examine us as part of their curriculum. Very quickly, they wrote a note to my parents letting them know that I was in dire need of eyeglasses, and they should take me to the optometrist for a prescription.
My parents wanted to know why I hadn't said something about having trouble seeing, but I am nearsighted, and previously had always been sitting at the front of the classroom, and hadn't had any problems. Plus, I think it gets worse gradually over time, so I had been compensating for it, until I was in a situation where I just couldn't see to read the blackboard. We went to the optometrist, and picked out some cheap glasses to start with, so I could get used to wearing them, primarily just as needed in the beginning.
I take my own kids in for annual visits with the eye doctor, in addition to the exam the pediatrician performs at their well child visits. I know eye problems run on both sides of the family, and I don't want them to develop the same issues that I had. I want them to be comfortable with the process, and not be afraid when they time likely comes that they too will need and eyeglasses prescription.
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