I mentioned Jorge's terrible vision a few weeks ago but forgot to follow up. He had his vision exam last week and, no surprise, his vision is lousy. So bad, in fact, that the doctor is hesitant to move him straight to his full corrective prescription for fear the huge adjustment will give him headaches, dizziness, and general discomfort. His new glasses should be ready by mid to late this week and will have lenses about halfway to his necessary prescription. Once he adjusts to these we'll move to the full prescription later this spring.
I had planned to get 2-3 pair of glasses (they're around $40 each) so he could keep a pair at school and/or home and have a backup in case his usual pair were lost or damaged. We'll have a protective plan on them, but it may take a week or more to get them fixed if something happens so ideally we'd have a back-up pair (or two). My mom also pointed out that Jorge is very sensitive to bright light and demands sunglasses all summer long so we'll need to either get some prescription sunglasses or at least some clip-on sunglass lenses to fit his glasses. However, I'm hesitant to buy any back-up glasses at his temporary prescription knowing they'll all have to be updated within a few weeks. On the other hand, if he's going to lose or damage them, it seems most likely to happen (at least most frequently) in the first few weeks. I don't know how much a lens change costs compared to the glasses, but we need to balance risks and costs here.
Jorge is ambivalent toward the glasses. He talks somewhat happily about their color and design, but then whines that he doesn't want to have to wear them to school. I think his main concern is the responsibility that will come with them and fearing that he'll be constantly in trouble for mishandling them. We've tried to assure him that we know they'll probably get lost or dropped sometimes but we'll also do our best to help him remember to always put them in the same spot at night, put them in safe places during the day if he's playing hard, etc. We had planned to go see The Secret World of Arrietty (the book was a childhood favorite of mine and of Katie's), but are now waiting until the glasses come in so Jorge can actually see the screen. Hopefully that will be a nice kickoff of his life as a glasses-wearer.