Today has been a landmark day in our lives. RD and I took R to the eye specialist for a regular eye check up. Which, by the way, we have never done till date. In India, we have never got her eyes checked. In Tasmania, we never found the need or the time to do it. It was incidental that we spoke to one of our friends the other day, who mentioned that it was a good idea to get the kids eyes checked once an year. So I took an appointment a few weeks back and we went today.
R sat on the chair and the optometrist who, by the way, is an amazing lady asked me a few questions. Like if I had glasses since my childhood, if R had any medical history, if she had complained of headaches, etc etc. And then she told R to read a few alphabets on the mirror.
R: What alphabets?
Doc: The ones on the mirror.
RM: Oye, R, see that mirror
R: yes I can.
RM: Then those alphabets on it. Read those!
R: What alphabets?
Doc: looking bewildered: The ones you can see in the mirror.
R: I can’t see anything there!
RM: A bit exasperatedly: R R R..can you see a mirror?
RD: Quit shouting RM
RM: She can’t see that mirror!
R: I can see a mirror, but what alphabets
RD: looking shocked: R R R..can you see a mirror?
RM: Aha! Thats what I am telling you RD
Midst all this, the lady O just cleared her throat to remind the mad R family that actually she is the one in-charge.
R: See, I can see a mirror, but I can’t see any alphabets!
Then she changed the alphabets to the second largest size and R still could not see it. Now the Doc is a bit shocked. And she goes, You can’t see the alphabets in the mirror?
R by now is looking so astonished that we are not believing her that she goes: Hello everyone. I know there is a mirror. I know there is something black black on it, but I CANNOT SEE what it is!!! Now, can you all understand what I am saying???
We all look at her open-mouthed!
Doc: errr….can you see anything now?
R squints through and reads the largest of the alphabets!
I am reeling in shock. The doc asks me if there has been any complaints from her school till date, at least three times. All three times I reply in negative. She then asks R if R is able to read what is written on the board and if she sits right in the front. R says yes I can see everything that is written on the board and she just sits somewhere in the middle. The doc repeats the same q and R has the same answer. The doc murmurs something about checking on what sort of magical whiteboard is used in schools nowadays. When R asks her to repeat the q, she smiles and says put your chin on the machine. I am still under shock. RD is oscillating between going outside to keep an eye on R2 and peeping in to check that I haven’t fainted yet.
Apparently, R is pretty short sighted with a number of -2. RD gapes at the doc and says WHAT WHAT WHAT!!!
I am like ‘Gosh, I must be the worst parent on earth, not to even figure out that her daughter has such a high power’. The optometrist smiles and says no don’t blame yourself, I am just astonished that your daughter hasn’t complained about any eye issues or headaches or anything till date. R is just looking bewildered because the doc keeps asking her to read alphabets. The brat is so intelligent that she has by-hearted them and when the doc asks her to read it, she just rattles it off. The doc is, thankfully, a bit more intelligent and changes the alphabets and then R struggles to read.
But midst this shock, the doc shares some good news.
- Her eyes are super healthy and working perfectly fine
- Her brain is using both the eyes with equal strength which apparently is a good thing
- Her response to light and stimuli is perfect
She does a series of other tests on R’s eyes and is happy with it. She says she will start by giving R prescription glasses for -1.5 and asks us to meet her after six months. I just nod and come out dazed. R goes on to choose her glasses. She has taken it so maturely. She is perfectly okay with wearing glasses, though she does say something about not looking good with glasses. The lady helps her choose a good one. She seems pretty okay with it. I don’t know what will happen once we get the glasses after 10 days, but honestly, I shouldn’t be shocked. With my -7 power and RD’s -1.5, it was evident that my girls would get glasses. Just that it shocked me a bit!
I call up my dad and tell him. Aha! he says, this is exactly how I felt when the doc told me that you had -3.5 number when I took you for a check up when you were in your grade 3. He is pretty cool about it and asks me to take it in my stride.
I must admit, that her eyes are in good health is the only silver lining for me to write about in this 100 Happy Days post.