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Babies' first moments with glasses light up their worlds

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Jul. 5 2024, Published 12:29 p.m. ET

Watching babies try on corrective glasses for the first time is a heartwarming experience that highlights the transformative power of clear vision. One recent video compilation of amazing first-glasses moments is making the rounds online, warming hearts and eliciting stories.

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In the footage, the babies naturally react to having something new placed on their faces. Who wouldn't? Persistent parents and doctors eventually get the corrective lenses in place, and the transformations begin. Most of the kiddos pause for a moment as their eyes adjust and begin to focus. Then, the magic happens—a wide-eyed look of astonishment followed by bright, beaming smiles.

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A Lifelong Impact

Parents and others shared their experiences on platforms like Reddit. User FireWhiskey5000 recalled starting to wear glasses at the age of three, noting how their parents often retell the story. "I put them on…could suddenly see and just ran off and kept them on all day!" Another user, IAmAQuantumMechanic, mentioned their three-year-old son quickly adapting to his new glasses and learning all the letters within two months.

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Stories like these highlight the importance of early vision correction. Improved vision can significantly enhance a child's ability to learn and interact with their environment. For some, like user AccomplishedGarlic68, getting glasses marked a turning point in their academic performance. "Went from Ds and Fs to As and Bs in school because I could see the [pages and board]!"

AccomplishedGarlic68 isn't alone. According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), "During a child’s early years (the first 12 years of life), their visual system is still developing. Wearing glasses can be important for the normal development of their vision."

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A New Perspective

For many children, getting glasses is an eye-opening experience—literally. User BearSef shared a touching story about their daughter seeing individual leaves on a tree for the first time. "My daughter got hers around the same age. I remember so clearly her staring at a tree for several minutes. We then deduced she was seeing the individual leaves on the tree for the first time. I guess it was just a big green blob previously."

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This experience is echoed by many others. User GIO443 noted, "The number one thing I noticed was how much more vibrant and amazing trees and nature were," highlighting how clearer vision can make ordinary things extraordinary.

The sooner they're seen, the sooner they can see

Early detection and treatment of vision problems can have a profound impact on their development and quality of life of children. If you have young children or know someone who does, consider scheduling an eye exam—it's a simple step that can make a world of difference.

Seeing the joy and wonder on these babies' faces as they discover the world anew is a powerful reminder of the impact of vision care. It’s a testament to how modern medicine can change lives, turning initial apprehension into lifelong clarity and happiness.

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