I came home with a note from the school nurse in 5th grade that I needed to have my eyes checked. At my school they did regular hearing and eye tests as well as checking on vaccinations as such.
My mom took me to the optometrist who said I needed glasses. It was also in the mid-1960's and what was available were black or brown horn-rimmed glasses and pink or baby blue. I couldn't stand the pastels, so I went with black.
I guess now that my mom and the doctor were in kahoots. I cried myself sick begging my mom not to make me get glasses because I would be so ugly. She wouldn't have mercy on me though, so the prescription was for me to wear them when I was watching TV and at some other times. I didn't have to wear them all the time.
So that appeased me and one Sunday morning my dad let me go in to town with him to get the Sunday papers at the drug store. I was watching Sunday morning cartoons and forgot to take my glasses off. I just remember driving down the road and looking out the car window and everything was so clear that I started wearing my glasses all the time after that.
Then we could only afford frames every two years and I grew so quickly that when I look back on the school pictures, I can see that the second year they were way too small for my face. I was also the tallest in my class until 8th grade, girls and boys. I had a brother 14 months younger who had to wear glasses from the age of 4, but I thought he looked cute. My dad also wore glasses, but my mom was one of the first people to be fitted with hard contact lenses. Her father had partial blindness in one eye due to an accident, so he began wearing a contact lens in that eye therapeutically when they were first introduced so he had the connections to get my mother hooked up.
I still hated the glasses so much that I begged my mother to get me contacts when I was in my teens. She told me that I was not responsible enough to take care of them, so I started saving up my money from babysitting and I bought my own first contacts which were actually two pair of hard lenses, one clear and one tinted. With the doctor visits, it cost me $200 in 1972. It was the summer and I figured I would return to school with an extreme makeover. I was buying my own clothes then with my babysitting month and my parents had also divorced with us kids living with our father. I imagined that when I returned to school after summer break, the boys would swarm over me and everyone would be wondering who the new girl in school was.
Well, that didn't happen. I did feel prettier, but everyone still thought of me as the brain and no one (meaning boys) was attracted to me. I was 16 and my parents wouldn't let me date until 16, but no one even asked before or after.
I bought my brother his first pair of contacts. About ten years ago, both of my brothers had laser surgery. I went in for an evaluation a couple years after that and was told that my eyes are too dry for the surgery. They no longer wear glasses. I have worn every kind of soft lens after they came on the market. I liked the extended wear, but my eyes got to a point where I was having smoky vision because of edema in my eye. The optometrist told me not to wear them overnight any more. The few times I risked it or forgot, the same cloudiness occurred, so I started wearing my glasses more and my contacts less.
Then around 40, I got my first reading glasses. Wearing contacts meant using reading glasses and then having two different strengths of reading glasses, one for books and another for computer. I became easier to just wear my glasses although by that point I wasn't satisfied with my vision with glasses or with contacts and reading glasses.
Now at 52, my optometrist has told me that I'm starting to develop cataracts. Eventually, I'll need surgery and I'm looking forward to having corneal implants in the future that will correct my vision so I don't need glasses ... finally! Now I don't have insurance to cover it though. I may have to wait for Medicare!
I have still after more than 40 years had to have my prescription changed every year. It's been almost two years this time and I broke the arm off my most recent prescription, so I'm wearing a prescription that is three years old and after several months, it's about to drive me nuts. In addition to the farsightedness and nearsightedness, I also have astigmatism with fluctuates frequently. I'm not blind, but I'm not a happy camper either. I've been a terrific research subject for the eyecare industry though.
My oldest daughter wanted glasses because they were cool, but when she got them, she wouldn't wear them. She ended up stomping on her first pair and destroying them. When it came to the second pair, she really needed them so she wore them. She started taking ballet and the teacher would not let the students wear their glasses, so we put her in soft lenses when she was 12 or so. She's had a problem of wearing her contacts continuously for weeks and months at a time and developed corneal ulcers at one point. She's now somewhat better at giving her eyes some relief by wearing her glasses. (They have such cute frames now.) She is 28 now.
The other daughter actually works for an optometrist. She's always been more responsible with her contacts and her eyes. We didn't have problems with her when it came to glasses and then contacts. She's 24 now.
My prescription is so strong that I am now getting the ultra thin lenses. When I started out there were glass and acrylic lenses. Luckily, as my prescription has become stronger, I am just behind the curve and the thinner the lenses get, I am right at the top of the range and can wear them. In the olden days, I would be in coke bottle bottom lenses by now. Today, I can get titanium wire frames with ultrathin lenses that are stylish. Since I wear bifocals though, I am limited on the type and size of frames, but at least I have a choice!
Do you know that some people today even wear glasses as a fashion accessory without prescription lenses? Amazing!
Good luck with your daughter! I grew up with folks who had uglier glasses than mine because of vision problems from prenatal German measles (rubella) and a number of different causes. It was some relief that I didn't have that problem. At least my vision can and could be corrected. On my mother's side, my grandfather developed glaucoma in his 50's, but he did not lose his sight to diabetes until he was in his late 80's but he lived until 94. My grandmother had the opposite problem. She developed macular degeneration and kept her growing blindness a secret until shortly before her death at 83. She also had type II diabetes and was almost blind. I think of them as Jack Spratt and his wife. My grandfather was losing his sight from the inside out and she was losing her sight from the outside in. Luckily, I have been followed for both conditions and have shown no signs of either condition.
You might want to look up a foundation called Seva which is dedicated to preserving and restoring sight to people in third world countries. It's similar to Operation Smile, which is for kids with cleft palates. I've also been religious about donating my old glasses to the Lions Club for almost 40 years so that my old glasses can be used by others who cannot afford them. I'm sure those kids don't care if they're ugly and the boys don't flock around them for dates.