Afton's glasses were getting pretty old and were really too small for her face anymore. The lenses were pretty scratched and the finish was coming off of the metal frames. It was pitiful but I just hadn't thought to do anything about them until Afton started complaining about headaches. Her glasses were too tight around her temples to be comfortable anymore. So, we took her in for an eye appointment.
While we were in I talked to the doc about helping her see while surfing. She is a pretty good surfer and we have been amazed that she can catch any waves being that her vision is so horrible. When we've asked her how she does it she responds, "I just watch for the shadow and paddle." She sees a wave as a shadow!
The doctor said that though she cannot recommend anyone ever wear contacts while swimming and especially not while in a place as dirty as an ocean, or heaven-forbid a lake, that contacts would be--off the record--the only way she would be able to see while surfing. I had wanted to wait until she was older to get contacts but, oh well. She is a very responsible girl and how could I deny her the experience of seeing where and what she is surfing?!
|Afton with her contacts. Just like it took me a while to get used to her with glasses on, it has taken me a bit to get used to seeing her without her contacts. Photo by Kelsie Hanks.|
|Being silly. Photo by Kelsie Hanks|