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Eye Glasses Eye Glasses Eye Glasses Oh My…

Well…now it’s actually…

Eye Glasses (Dr. Evil)

Eye Glasses (Me)

Eye Glasses (Eldest Spawn)

Eye Glasses (Eldest Female Spawn)

Oh – MY – ….Flex Spending Account balance tanking out.

Dr. Evil and Eldest Spawn cannot FUNCTION without their glasses.  I can get by – can’t read until I hold whatever I’m trying to read across the room with my Go-Go Gadget Arm.  And Eldest Female Spawn just started wearing reading glasses to prevent further strain…..

Eldest Spawn has strabismus and amblyopia.  In other words – he’s crossed eyed for particular reasons.  Surgery will not fix his eyes because is crossing is vision based.  For example if doctors straightened his eye using surgery and his vision changed next year his eye could go in a different direction than before and not be correctable without additional surgery.  There’s more to it that and not that simplified but…you get the gist……..

When he was 2 years old Eldest, Dr. Evil and I were eating dinner.  As we watched him we noticed at exactly the same time when he looked at his plate his one crossed and then crossed back right away.  We mentioned it the next day at his 2 year old check up and three days later had a prescription for glasses.  For our 2 year old.

Months of patching and finally we found bi-focals to be the solution for him.  Again – still 2 years old.  Yup.  My little kiddo has worn glasses for literally as long as he can remember.  Many kids rebel when they get them.  He did not.  He wouldn’t take them off – even when he slept!

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My favorite story about him getting his glasses took place in the first 5 minutes after he first put them on.  Eldest was a timid kid at the park.  It used to make us nuts.  He refused to climb, refused to explore, and would only swing.  And swing.  And then swing some more.  (Sorry little dude…we didn’t realize you had no depth perception making those parks terrifying!)

Eldest put on his glasses and we left the clinic.  He saw the curb.  Got a huge grin.  AND JUMPED OFF THE CURB WITHOUT HOLDING ONTO MY HAND.  And promptly tripped and fell on his head.

It.  Was.  Epic.

Never before had he ventured anywhere new without a death grip on one of our hands.  It was pretty special and makes me tear up to this day.

Do you have any idea how many pairs of glasses Eldest has gone through in the last 12 years?  A lot.  Way more than 12.

And we were/are fortunate to have the option to pay for vision insurance.

Here’s my question….why are his glasses considered vision insurance’s responsibility?  His eye condition is a medical condition.  The corrective lens are necessary to fix this medical condition.

When I broke my wrist a couple of years ago it was a medical diagnosis.  I broke a couple of bones.  To fix it required a cast, sling and eventually a brace.  Items required to fix a medical condition.  Covered by medical insurance.

Why are glasses for Eldest any different?

I understand typical eye needs.  I wear them to read.  (Which I know could be argued to be a medical condition as well…but stay with me here.)

Our medical insurance pays for an eye exam but not for anything required to fix any findings.  I just don’t get it.  I also understand that we agree to certain exclusions etc. by purchasing insurance.  I’m not finding fault…I just want to understand.

What am I missing here?  Someone fill me in!!   I’m totally open to hearing what you think on this.  Let me know!!!


  1. Makes absolutely no sense. Just as it made NO sense to me that when I was 19 and needed my wisdom teeth removed, it WAS NOT a dental procedure, it was a medical procedure. Um, what? You’re removing teeth (dental insurance was fantastic, health insurance had an assload of a co-pay/deductible), teeth are dental. Sorry, no, it’s surgery (by an ORAL surgeon, hello, ORAL = DENTAL, no??)
    I hate any and all dealings with any and all insurances.

  2. One of our kids had a traumatic eye injury as an infant. He is now legally blind in that eye. He needs glasses as a protective measure. For him they are considered medically necessary. But yup, medical insurance won’t cover it. I feel your pain on that. One time got him a pair of glasses, in two measly hours his younger sister ripped them off of his face and broke them. None repairable break. Sigh.

    • Totally sucks doesn’t it!?!? He had his first pair about 2 weeks and we had to replace them. Even just a few years ago at Boy Scout camp he drove off a boat with RecSpecs on and they disconnected from the strap and are now one with the fishes….gah…..

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