never wore eyeglasses as a child. It wasn’t until I was in my
mid-thirties and already writing about the optical industry for several
years that I discovered I needed them.
Apart from having to
get used to the sensation of having a foreign object on my face, seeing
the world through a pair of lenses was at first a strange sensation.
For several weeks, my depth perception and sense of spatial
relationships felt slightly different. Driving at night was challenging
because I saw reflections and star patterns (perhaps I needed better
Yet the biggest change was getting used to seeing myself in
glasses. I did more than a few double takes when passing a mirror. Was
that really me?
As it turned out, I didn’t have to be
self-conscious about my appearance. Wearing glasses is a plus when
writing about the optical industry because of the first-hand experience
it affords you. Yet my experience made me wonder what it’s like for
children who have to wear glasses. How do they cope with this strange
new object on their face and how it makes them look different than
A new children’s book, “Randy Kazandy, Where Are
Your Glasses?” artfully answers this question. In author Rhonda
Fischer’s delightful story, a young boy, Randy, hates wearing glasses,
and takes every opportunity to lose them because “he thinks they make
him look like an alien from outer space.” But his mother has another
pair and then another and another. The story has a happy ending,
though, that gives children and parents a positive example of how
glasses can be help you see the world clearly and even be fun to wear.
book would be a great addition to the waiting room literature in any
family vision care practice or optical shop specializing in pediatric
vision care. It reminds us that as adults, we need to use our vision
and understanding to help children improve theirs.