As many parents of newly diagnosed children do, we’re doing our best to educate ourselves on Ruby’s aniridia diagnosis. During this process, we stumble upon some very interesting resources. I’ve been pinning some and saving others, but I think a better system is keeping them where they can be shared with others, like say, right here.
If there are parents out there going through a similar experience who happen to stumble upon our blog in your own research, we hope that these resources will be as helpful to you as they have been to us. They aren’t overly technical. We’re all beginners here. We weren’t eye experts when this started, nor are we now, but when it comes to your baby, it’s amazing how much we learn and retain that may be helpful to someone else starting out.
How do glasses work?
As a newbie to the world of visual impairment, and as someone who’s always had 20/20 vision, I had absolutely no idea how glasses work. I didn’t even know the difference between being short-sighted or far-sighted. Ruby has glasses because in addition to her aniridia, glaucoma, nystagmus, cataracts, and foveal hypoplasia, she’s also short-sighted — something that thankfully can be improved with the right prescription.
So here’s the first resource we’d like to share — this short video by Andrew Bastawrous and Clare Gilbert (Ted-Ed) does a great job of explaining how eye glasses work in simple terms.
I hope you find it just as interesting as we did.