It all started when he was three. At first, it seemed normal because children at that age are actually prone to falling or tumbling and scratching their knees. Once or twice is pretty normal, right?
Then it started to happen more frequently. My heart skipped a beat when the thought came that probably something’s wrong in my son’s eyes.
Maybe he can’t see that step on the stairs where he tripped. Maybe he missed that small landing where he fell and scratched his knee. Maybe he can’t see the letters clearly that’s why he’s writing them the opposite direction.
My heart told me that something might be wrong. I voiced it out to my husband and to my aunt and mom who are living with us. All of them said the same thing: “It’s normal.”
Four nights ago, I asked him to practice reading since it’s part of their assignment. I noticed how near the booklet needs to be for him to read properly. At that moment, I remembered the things I noticed from when he was a kid. This time, I feel like my assumptions are already confirmed: there is something wrong with his eyes. I showed these photos to my husband and thankfully, he agreed to have his eyes checked the following day.
The moment he sat on that chair, my heart is already beating faster. Every time he can’t recognize letters that are clear to me even without my glasses, my chest hurts a bit. When they had his eyes checked through the computer, my heart broke a little bit. I felt guilty for listening to others when my instincts already told me that I should have his eyes checked.
Alexis was diagnosed with myopia. Dr. Avila checked his eyes and assured us that there are no obstructions present and myopia it can still be corrected. He gave us the prescription and a medical certificate for Alexis’ teacher, to inform her that he should always be seated in front.
Later that day, I sent that medical certificate to Teacher Mariz. Surprisingly, she said she already knows that there’s something wrong with his eyes so and she always let him sit in front of their board. I wish she told me about it when she already noticed that something’s wrong with her student. I would’ve acted upon it right away.
Last Friday, we had his glasses done in Dr. Acebedo’s clinic. She’s also the one making my glasses since high school. I have astigmatism since then but thankfully, my vision is almost back to 20/20.
I posted some of his photos during his check up and one of the most frequently asked question that time was “Is he using gadgets at home?” I said no, he never had any gadgets for more than 2 years now. To be honest, I don’t know anything about myopia so I did a bit of research. Here are the websites that I find really useful.