When your child has vision issues it can be scary to let them just be a regular kid and play whatever sport they want to. There is often the fear of them hurting themselves because they can't see properly, or having an accident that damages their eyes or vision. Here's how we cope with our sports mad son who has vision issues.
I’ve probably mentioned this before but Dane is sports mad. Like completely, totally and utterly obsessed with it. He cannot see a ball without having to kick it, or see a bat and need to pick it up and practice swinging. No matter the game, he’ll be in it. His absolute passion though is soccer. He lives and breathes it – and even has his sights set on a career in the game (not the best choice considering we live in Australia where soccer players are not paid very handsomely). Ask him any stat from the last World Cup and he’ll know it. Want to know about Messi’s life story? He can give you a year by year break down (I probably can too since I’ve heard it so many times!). He trains four days a week and then plays on the weekends. He plays at lunchtime at school and has an ‘indoor’ ball that he’s allowed to kick around the house. He’s even known to have scrunched up a piece of paper into a ball to play ‘keepie uppies’. All this is fantastic but it has led us to consider how his eye and his vision might affect his current and future playing opportunities.