It was one of the most alarming things my son has ever said to me, "Mom, I can't see out of my left eye."
He told me that one night while we were reading.
Then I noticed he was squinting when it was his turn to read.
I did what any mother would do.
My own vision test.
"How many fingers do I have up?"
That's what I asked him as I had him cover his right eye.
He couldn't tell me.
I tried to remain calm as I tested him again...holding up a different number of fingers.
First thing that next morning I called his pediatrician. After talking it over with his doctor, the nurse suggested I get some eye drops. She said his allergies were likely producing extra moisture in his eyes - blurring his vision. That made sense, right? So I went to my local pharmacy, paid way too much for a tiny bottle of eye drops and followed the directions. I gave him two drops a day for a week as instructed - but nothing got better.
It was time to get him checked out. The pediatrician recommended an eye doctor and we were on our way.
During his eye exam, I began to panic as she had him cover his right eye and report what he could see with the left.
This was not good. He was failing the test! Was my son losing his eyesight? I began to text my husband that this was not going well and it may be serious.
Test after test, machine after machine - same results.
The eye doctor could feel my anxiety….
But then she did something - mom to mom - that put me at ease.
She turned around and gave me a little wink.
What did that mean?
She pulled me aside and told me they have a way of testing both eyes without the kids knowing.
Then it hit me.....She was trying tell me my little man was faking it!
Turns out - he wanted glasses - and was going to do anything he could to get them - just in time for school!!!!
Did I just get duped by a 5-year-old??
The answer - YES!!
And so it begins.....
Have you ever been duped by your child?
Share your story so I won't feel alone!!
Until Next Time,