Tom Tom’s Bilateral Cataracts Update {Glasses!}

I wanted to pop in with a quick update on Tom’s eye journey after I received a lot of sweet messages asking how he was doing in response to his new glasses! Thank you by the way for the messages and compliments. We totally agree that Thomas is the cutest in his glasses!

So the update: Originally, when we learned of Thomas’ eye condition, we were told that he would need a 2 part surgery. Part 1 was the urgent cataract removal from both eyes, which was actually two separate surgeries one month apart, in attempt to restore his vision if at all possible. Afterwards he would wear contacts. Then, once his eyes reached adult size (fun fact: your eyes are fully grown by around age 2!) we would prepare for the second big surgery, placing an IOL (intraocular lens) implant in each eye. The non-medical way I describe this is it is like adding a permanent contact in each eye. This would give him a base line of more “permanent” vision.

At his appointment around age 2, Matt and I were anxious to schedule the IOL surgery. However, because Thomas has tolerated his contacts so well (which is EXTREMELY rare for kids with his condition), Dr. D. recommended that we continue using contacts for a little while longer. At age 2, Thomas’s eyes would continue to grow and change at rapid speed, requiring new contact prescriptions regularly. If we moved forward with the IOL surgery at that time, it was likely that he would outgrow the permanent lens prescription. So the longer we can wait, the less likely his vision will drastically change, thus making the IOL implants more effective.

As of right now, Thomas’s long distance vision is pretty dang impressive and we are constantly counting our blessings every time he points out a bird or airplane way up in the sky. We’ve most certainly had our frustrating hurdles, but overall are extremely blessed that Thomas is a good contact wearer. Dr. D warned us at the very beginning that most kids never tolerate the lenses and end up getting the IOL surgery super young to avoid the costly contacts journey.

Sooooo, at our last appointment a few months ago Dr. D recommended that we get Thomas his first pair of reading glasses (to wear over his contacts) for when he is home playing. I could not believe we had reached this milestone and we were excited to pick out some trendy frames for our little man. I was disappointed with the options that our doctor’s office offered and was so happy to discover Jonas Paul Eyewear, a recommendation from my friend Lindsey whose adorable little man wears cute glasses too. I sobbed as I read the mission and the story behind JPE and could relate on so many levels. Right away we ordered the home try-on kit to test out a bunch of different frames. We loved several and had a hard time narrowing down our favorite, but ultimately picked The Paul Striped Maple frames. And we love them! Well, I do. As of right now, we’ve worked up to about 7 minutes of Thomas agreeing to wear his glasses (and he also requires a cookie reward) but we are slowly getting him adjusted. And I seriously have never seen anything cuter in the entire world…

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  1. Lauren
    May 22, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    😍 He is just beyond precious in his glasses! I’m so glad to hear that he’s doing well!

  2. May 23, 2018 / 6:43 am

    Thomas looks so cute in his glasses!

  3. Katie
    May 23, 2018 / 8:46 am

    What a handsome little man! How do you feel about the sturdiness of the glasses you picked? We have been told that my little guy will need glasses soon and I’m feeling your pain on lack of options.

  4. Ashley
    May 23, 2018 / 9:09 am

    He is just so darn cute in those glasses!

  5. edith
    May 23, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I could just squeeze him! So cute!

  6. Kate
    May 23, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Omg he is literally the cutest!

    And I have been meaning to give you a BIG thank you for sharing the contact cleaner you have been using. I have had gas permeable (hard) contact lenses since I was eight years old, and they are the biggest pain to clean, and I have always felt like no matter how good I clean them they stay grimy until I get them professionally polished at my doctors office occasionally. I am almost done with my first bottle of the cleaner and it has been such a game changer! The first time I used it, I could literally tell a difference in how clear the lenses were the next day. It even completely gets rid of the eye makeup that sometimes gets on them. It’s amazing!!!!!

    • May 23, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      YES!! Matt said the same thing the first time he used it! That stuff is MAGIC!

      • Susie
        May 30, 2018 / 3:30 pm

        He is so cute! I also wear gas permeable (hard) contact lenses (since I was 13) and I would love to know the name of the contact cleaner, too! I searched your site, but had trouble finding it. Thanks in advance!

  7. Jackie
    May 23, 2018 / 9:38 am

    I love his glasses! My two year old little boy also just got glasses (an attempt to correct his strabismus without surgery)! After wearing them to school and finding out all of his friends wanted to play with them, he has become much more attached to them (we hear MY glasses 10x per day). The biggest pain for us has been trying to keep them clean. I have all of the Mom guilt when I realize he has been looking through smudgy glasses all afternoon.

  8. May 23, 2018 / 9:46 am

    I mean, he couldn’t be cuter. That is all. πŸ™‚

  9. Kelly Dellinger
    May 23, 2018 / 9:49 am

    He is LITERALLY the cutest!!!!!!!

  10. Sara
    May 23, 2018 / 11:02 am

    I mean…. I can’t even.

  11. Jessica
    May 23, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Look at the Facebook group for little eyes. It’s a Facebook group for mamas with toddlers in glasses. My 2y/o wears glasses and this group was super helpful with how to get your toddler to wear glasses etc:)

    • Christina
      Author
      May 24, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you!!! I will look up that group!!

  12. Shawna
    May 23, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    So dashing and studious! I just love a little man in glasses (p.s. my husband is a glasses wearer!)!!

  13. katie
    May 23, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    What a little stud!!! He looks like a little man! πŸ™‚

  14. Donna Mason
    May 23, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    DITTO DITTO DITTO DITTO. We just had a death in the family, so joyfulness is not top of mind at all for me and this brought such joy and happiness to my heart. HE IS BEYOND…BEYOND ADORABLE. Precious, happy little boy. So happy for Tom Tom!!!!!

    • Christina
      Author
      May 24, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss! Thank you for your sweet words.

  15. caleyjaderosenberg
    May 24, 2018 / 6:37 am

    The cutest little man!!! x

  16. Julie
    May 24, 2018 / 8:37 am

    The cutest boy I ever did see! Thanks for sharing! Continued prayers for success with his vision.

  17. May 24, 2018 / 9:05 am

    The glasses and his little hands in his pockets – seriously the most adorable thing ever!! So glad you are having (somewhat) of an easy journey with the contact wearing! He is a strong little dude!

  18. Geri
    May 24, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    OMG… He is so darn handsome!

  19. Caroline
    May 24, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    You two are the best parents to the most adorable kiddos! You continue to inspire me on a daily basis. xx

  20. Kara
    May 27, 2018 / 9:40 am

    He looks adorable! I love those frames! All three of my kids wear glasses now to correct a potential lazy eye. Thank you for sharing the JPE link, I’m going to check them out!!

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