At nine years old, my daughter, Elyse, started to recognize her declining eyesight. The results of an eye examination revealed that she could barely see the biggest “E” on the eye chart. Now this came as a shock to me because she never voiced her sight struggle before. However, genetically it made sense because her father and I both wear glasses. Ironically though, her father began wearing glasses at age nine.

     Now came time for big decision making, GVSS or glasses. Elyse was too young for the option of soft contacts at the time, so GVSS was suggested to us instead. Some of the reservations I had to this program were her age, its safety, and its long term use and cost. GVSS was something I had never heard of and had no one to discuss it with who had had the experience before. My daughter was only nine years old and in the fourth grade. Was she responsible enough to take care of tiny, expensive and fragile lenses? As for the program’s safety, I wanted to make sure my daughter was receiving the best product. After all, it was something as important as her sight that we were dealing with. The reservation I had because of the cost, originated from the lump sum we had to pay up front. Would Elyse stick with GVSS, and would all this money be worth it? 

    My daughter is now a senior in high school, and is almost eighteen. Eight and a half years have passed since that first eye exam. She has stuck with GVSS through all those years, and has had amazing results from this program. At her high school, she has played field hockey and softball, and swam on the swim team, all without the worry of glasses or blurry vision. In addition, she is a dancer and a lifeguard. Her eyesight hasn’t gotten worse over the years, and her eyes have always remained healthy. GVSS has taught her a bit of responsibility, as well, not only with the care of the lenses, but with the decision to wear them or not. The routine of wearing her lenses has even become second nature for her now. The benefits this program has brought into my daughter’s life definitely out weigh the initial struggle.

Janice Archambeault  10/19/08