Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Monday, October 3, 2011

New Glasses for Nicholas

Children diagnosed with Prader Willi Syndrome have low muscle tone. This muscle weakness affects many areas of Nicholas's body. He has been diagnosed with scoliosis, flat feet (valgus foot), joint laxity, poor gross motor coordination, oral motor/speech issues, constipation, slow GI motility and breathing difficulties to name just a few.

Most recently, Nicholas has been diagnosed with poor eye sight. He is near-sighted with a slight astigmatism in each eye. An astigmatism is a misshaping of the eye. Many individuals diagnosed with PWS wear glasses and are also at risk for developing strabismus. This is when the eyes are not properly aligned with one another. Nicholas does not have strabismus.

Last week our appointment with the opthamologist uncovered the need for new glasses. The opthamologist explained to me that since Nicholas is near-sighted, his vision will most likely get worse over time. Since I too am near-sighted, I know that what she has said is true....as I am blind as a bat!

After our appointment, Nicholas picked out some new glasses. He was immediately attracted to a pair of very cool blue ones.



The glasses are navy blue but look black in the photo.
I think he looks like Clark Kent!
What do you think?