If we notice the pronoun “I” in there, it’s that silent, inward, apprehensive voice of somebody who is still giving so much of thinking, to the reality that how would he be appearing to the world, in something absolutely new for himself, which is actually something as small as a pair of glasses. A pair of glasses, as petty as it seems, can bring a whole new difference to one’s appearance; at times also conveying analysis about the person’s personality. From outside, it’s just a “frame”, yes, but it, nevertheless, becomes a challenge, adjusting to that new object over one’s eyes. However, the uneasiness which a new spectacles-wearer quite naturally goes through, is more because he or she has to move about amongst the same family, the same friends, the same people. I, being a spectacles-wearer myself, believe that the apprehension level would never have been the same, had I to stay alone, locked up in one room!
So, the question just put forth, isn’t to be taken so casually. It is, pretty much a valid thought, which I am sure most of the parents, and mothers specifically for that matter, never pay too much heed to. I guess that once an eye specialist confirms a child to be in need of glasses, the effort and the support is to begin simultaneously, from the parents’ end. It should never be underestimated or neglected, that after all, it isn’t about a new hairstyle or a brand new outfit which the child has happily chosen to begin wearing. In fact, I just stopped for a moment even myself, when I thought of “a new hairstyle”…don’t you agree, how we are quite hesitant when we have to see someone the first time after getting our hairstyle changed…? At least I admit that, and it well used to happen after the weekend, at school, even if it was a major trimming! These are still GLASSES…an addition that we are bound to accept; not there by choice.
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There can be a few simple, routine ways, which may sound helpful in coping up with the discomfort such children go through. Since mothers are there with the children for most of the time, they are the ones who can make the latter believe that their glasses are actually to make them see or read or write or watch their favorite movies equally well, as their friends do. Making them understand their importance all the time, or reminding the child every now and then, that his eyesight has turned weak because of this or that, isn’t going to be a positive attitude.
What sort of a frame is there on the child’s face, is, of course, a primary factor in building up the wearer’s level of confidence. I still remember my first frame, and if I recall the time it was being bought, I know that I hardly was given the chance to select one. And I won’t hide sharing, how that particular frame honestly became a symbol of my identity from then on! Well…it was one huge frame, far bigger than what could fit over my eyes. My parents would definitely have gone for something best in quality and durability, but I think they missed what was a bit more important, at that time…
Once this realization and all is ensured, I feel that there is a lot that can always be done beforehand, as they say, “Precaution Is Better Than Cure”. Here, I would like to suggest some, only three of the so many other options, which mothers can try adding to their children’s diet, on a regular basis, hoping to maintain a perfect eyesight of all those who mean to them! And trust me, these things are not at all hard to access. They are such, which we all almost always have there in our kitchen cabinets, or on the store shelves.
Carrots, it’s believed, are highly rich in Vitamin A, which is extremely essential for the healthy and smooth functioning of the human eye, especially that of the retina. Whether raw in salads, or slightly steamed, or even cooked…or in homemade desserts like the “gajrailaas” we have in winters, can protect one’s vision, preventing the eyes from cataracts, and also macular degeneration.
ALmonds are said to be excellent sources of Vitamin E, another significant food component. Almonds and some other dry fruits are also considered to help prevent the development of eye cataracts, and macular degeneration. It’s very easy to keep munching almonds instead of a pack of crisps or sugary cookies or have them soaked overnight, in some water.
More popularly known as “saunf”, is another of the natural, herbal remedies, for retaining good eyesight. It even came to me as an interesting disclosure, as to how these little herbs can work as wonderful eye washes and can cure eye bags as well! When taken with water, they can soothe one’s burning eyes, and in the longer run, they can work towards minimizing cataract development. Aniseeds can also be kept at hand, in powdered form, to be taken in tablespoonfuls, every morning and every evening.
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