Many years ago a doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital told me that patching my son’s amblyopia (lazy) eye was showing to be ineffective. He highly suggested eye glasses for the rest of his life as a precaution to any unforeseen circumstances that may affect the eyesight in his good eye. What a hard time that boy gave me keeping those glasses on! It wasn’t until he reached his 20’s that HE decided it was a good idea to wear them for protection. I wish this group was around then. I could have used the support and suggestions!
Today I am talking with the creator of the Facebook group, Little Four Eyes – a group for parents of young children in glasses.
Please welcome Ann
My name is Ann Zawistoski, I’m a librarian at a small college. I live with my husband, our two daughters, and two cats in Minneapolis. I run the website Little Four Eyes and its related Facebook support group.
Please tell the readers a little about the group.
Little Four Eyes is an active and supportive group for parents of young children with vision issues. These are kids that need glasses or contacts or eye patches. The kids are usually between 0 and 6 years old, but there are members with older kids as well. The group has over 16,000 members and 8 admins.
What inspired you to create this group?
My oldest daughter needed glasses at 14 months old for crossed eyes due to farsightedness (accommodative esotropia). At the time, I didn’t know anyone with a young child in glasses and I really wanted to have other parents that I could talk to about the daily issues that go along with trying to keep glasses on a toddler’s face. I started the Little Four Eyes website as a place where parents could share stories and photos and tips and tricks, and shortly thereafter, started up the facebook group as a place where members could have more informal discussions.
What would you like this group to accomplish?
It can be really hard to learn that your child has a vision problem, and a lot of parents feel very alone (along with guilty and worried about how they’ll manage). I hope that the group can provide support for parents so that they know they’re not alone, and a place where they can turn for help and advice. I also hope that the group can help increase awareness around the importance of early detection and treatment of vision issues in young children.
Thank you Ann for this very unique and important Facebook group.
Click on the link to find this Facebook group – Little Four Eyes – a group for parents of young children in glasses
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