At Nathan's eight year check up, the doctor noted that his vision was less than 20/20 and that we might want to take him for a visit to the eye doctor. Good thing for us, we've got one in the family! Dr. Stephen Chase, Michael's cousin, has been the family optometrist for a couple of generations, like his father before him. My first visit was during my engagement to Mike, and Stephen's wedding gift was the pair of contacts I wore on our wedding day because I was too vain to wear my glasses with my veil, and I was intent on actually seeing my groom!
Both boys had their eyes checked, and both are having a similar issue with their near vision, namely their eyes are struggling to focus when they transition from far away to close up. For most people, this happens as a matter of age. Age as in OLD age, not at 5 and 7. For Nathan he prescribed glasses, and when he said "bifocals" I about fell on the floor! But he's making the top half clear and the bottom half with the prescription lenses so that is comforting. For Ben he recommended waiting a year as he isn't dong the same amount of homework and reading that Nathan is.
Nathan got to pick his own frames and I let him pick whatever he wanted. He tried on quite a few and then boldly pronounced that the black and electric blue space-agey looking ones were the ones he wanted. We all love his choice, and we'll pick them up in a week or two!
He says he is afraid that they will make him look too smart. Personally I love a guy in glasses!