I had the strangest thing happen the other day. A few weeks ago I signed a form giving some private company that comes into the school permission to test Ryleys (grade 1) and Zacharys (grade 2) hearing and vision. Now understand that this isn't free, it costs $15 but when you have as many children as I do, really $15 is nothing compared to the headache of setting up appointments, having to cart the babies to appointments that are not for them and just finding the time - way much easier to have it done at the school as far as I was concerned.
So the tests were done at the school and then the results came home and this is were it gets weird. Zachary's form indicated that he passed all the tests. Ryley's (why is it always this poor child!?) was an entirely different story! This is what his said:
Color vision test - NOT PASSED
Needless to say I was very concerned because really, I hadn't noticed anything that would suggest Ryley wasn't seeing colors the way he should! But then the panic set in - all I could think about was the fact that my son may be color blind! I called our optometrist and set up an appointment for Ryley and myself for the next day.
What does color blind mean anyway? It then dawned on me that I had no idea. So I did what every parent in extreme panic mode does. Looked it up on the internet! I was floored. Contrary to popular belief color blind doesn't really mean that one can't see colors, but instead they see things as more murky - reds may look like brown etc.. I thought this picture I found was a neat way to see it:
Normal vision color blind
Normal vision color blind
So we go to our appointment and this is where things get down right weird! I had put off having my eyes checked for a while so I had my exam first. No surprise but I needed two different prescriptions. One for night driving, and another for reading and working at the computer. Ryleys turn. The Dr. was very attentive and doubled checked everything they do to test how well they see color, and low and behold, Ryley was fine! He is seeing colors without any difficulty. HOWEVER - they found that he is slightly far sighted! He doesn't need glasses yet but needs to be watched carefully and will be tested again in a year.
How does one go from passing every eye exam, except the color vision test, to passing the coloring test but not the other exam? Seriously I have an issue with this. How many parents have paid these private companies that are outsourced by the school board and told their child hasn't passed the eye exam or hearing test, only to find that absolutely nothing is wrong? Thats an awful lot of money for that type of service in my opinion.
That all said though what do you think of my new look?
So fess up - how many of you consider eye exams important and do you have your children and yourself checked on a regular basis?
Until next time,