West Lothian toddler can play again thanks to quick action from optician

Two-year-old Harlow Kean can play with her toys again thanks to new glasses.Two-year-old Harlow Kean can play with her toys again thanks to new glasses.
Two-year-old Harlow Kean can play with her toys again thanks to new glasses.
The parents of a two-year-old girl from Bathgate have praised their local opticians for helping to correct their daughter’s sight after her vision rapidly deteriorated during lockdown.

Matthew and Kelly Kean, both 26, noticed their daughter, Harlow Kean, started struggling with her vision in summer last year, meaning she couldn’t play without losing her balance or becoming disorientated.

The Bathgate couple also noticed Harlow was developing a slight squint in both eyes, and called his family GP, who recommended that he contact an optician.

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Mr Kean says: “The whole thing was quite scary as it seemed relatively sudden and Harlow had no previous issues with her sight.

Harlow Kean, two, is delighted with her new pink specsHarlow Kean, two, is delighted with her new pink specs
Harlow Kean, two, is delighted with her new pink specs

“My daughter’s depth perception was fading rapidly, and her life changed in an instant as she was struggling with even the simplest of things like playing with her toys.”

Acting fact Mr Kean called Specsavers in Bathgate to book an eye examination for Harlow.

During her test at the George Street store, they discovered Harlow had a significant squint.

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The tots parents were relieved to learn that, with a strong lens prescription, it was possible to correct her vision and help treat and reduce her squint.

Mr Kean says: ‘Since she’s got her new glasses, the difference is night and day and she’s able to have fun again.

‘Harlow absolutely loved trying on glasses – she’s usually quite shy around new people, but found her visit to the opticians really exciting.

“When she settled on her favourite pair, the team put them in a wee pink case that she loves carrying around.

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Relieved the situation was not more serious Mr Kean added: “ We’re very grateful to the team at Specsavers for their help and advice.”

Store director at Specsavers Bathgate Morna Scott says Harlow’s case, although rare, is a reminder of just how vital it is to visit an opticians in the event of any sudden changes in vision.

Ms Scott: “With children in particular, early detection of any issues is crucial. Common eye health conditions in children such as a lazy eye, squint or short sightedness can be often be corrected with early intervention, ideally before they are eight years old.

Specsavers Bathgate is open for all eye and hearing needs during the latest lockdown phase Under Scottish Government guidance for customers needing essential healthcare services.

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