|Chapter 16 "For Parents Only"
The parents of
a child who has lost vision in one eye can be crucial determinants of their child's
reaction and subsequent adjustment to monocular vision. Here, Mr. Brady offers an
excellent advice summary of the advice of experts.
"There seems to be general agreement on several points: Discussions of the loss
must be adjusted according to the child's age, sex, emotional stability, maturity, natural
coordination, athletic inclination, and the child-parent relationship. Moreover, if the
parents recognize the true impact of eye loss, this will help them maintain a calm,
dispassionate attitude that can prevent the build-up of exaggerated fears. Certainly,
emotional displays in the presence of the child are out of order. They all agree that
children, in general, adapt quickly, and that the younger the child, the quicker and more
complete is the adaptation." (pg. 119)