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Johannah’s Lazy Eye by Roxanne Birney

Johannah’s Lazy Eye is a touching book which will be friendly and encouraging to children and their parents, especially those who live with eye glasses for corrective vision.  It offers help and hope for coping with differences and understanding for classmates and young children.  Providing gentle rules at school with their friends and why hands are for helping and not breaking eye glasses.

The book is beautifully illustrated as well as written...

Amblyopia is reduced vision in a healthy eye caused when eyes do not focus equally or stay in alignment.  But with treatment, often a patch on the stronger eye, the problem can be fixed. 

One in 10 American children have undiagnosed eye problems, problems that if left untreated can lead to permanent vision loss and difficulties in school. 

Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States and the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood. 

Johannah’s lazy eye was detected when she was two and her mother recognized amblyopia having had a younger sister with the same condition while she was growing up.

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Reviews for Johannah's Lazy Eye

Book Review 4/21/2009 Johannah’s Lazy Eye
3rd grade class

Review by Kamila:
Johannah’s Lazy Eye is a good book because it teaches you not to mess with people. The problem was that a boy liked Johannah’s glasses and was jealous. He took Johannah’s glasses when she was searing them and broke them. Everyone liked Johannah’s glasses. Then they got sun glasses and they looked like Johannah.

Jaylen age 9 Review says:
My view of the book is that the kids was so happy because the girl couldn’t see. She got new glasses and she was also happy because she could see again. She was one of the best friends they had also. The boy was jealous of the girl’s glasses.

Maria age 91/2 review:
I loved the drawings and the part when Johannah needed to get glasses. I need glasses too; I would like glasses like Johannah’s glasses. I would like to recommend it because it has a sad middle but it has a happy ending.

Edward age 10:
I love this book because this author did a good job with the story because it reminds me to always wear your glasses no matter what anyone says.

Oscar’s Review:
It will be a good book because it has expression. Johannah’s eye were lazy then she fell and had a boo boo. It has lots of words they all make me amazed. So then she went to the eye glass store to get her glasses.

Frannie - author/entertainer

Sometimes we see the world out of focus, whether literally or figuratively. Having consistent clarity of vision in life is a difficult task for any of us, especially for children.

Johannah’s Lazy Eye written by Roxanne Birney takes us on a young Johannah’s journey as she and her classmates learn to care for the one tool essential for improving her lazy-eye vision, her glasses. However, a naughty little boy destroys them, creating a spectacle.

The foresight in having previously educated the rest of her classmates about the preciousness of eyewear pays off, as they rally around Johannah in a show of sympathy and support. Then, since Johannah had been so responsible with her old pair of glasses, her mother presents her with a shiny new pair.

Johannah’s Lazy Eye addresses an overlooked subject in charming style.

Dr. Todd - O.D.

The quick answer to this question, according to Dr. Todd Erickson, O.D., is “No time is too young!” Recent efforts by the American Optometric Association with their “InfantSEE” program have tried to educate the public on the importance of having eye health and vision assessments done on children as infants. Older children rarely verbalize vision problems and most are identified at school screenings or at the Pediatrician’s office. Ask your healthcare practioner to recommend an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist who is qualified to examine infants and young children.

Remember, children accept vision correction differently. There are those who have their parents duped that they can’t see, just wanting a new pair of glasses because their friend has new glasses. Unfortunately, there are children that could not function a day at school without their vision correction. It’s easy to spot the child that really needs those glasses when they smile ear to ear when a correction is placed on their eyes, allowing them to see clearly across the room or up close for the first time n their life. Initially, vision correction can be a difficult transition for young patients; but much like Johannah in this story, the transition is not difficult when they have the support of their family, friends, and teachers.