Nothing brings an optometrist more joy than being able to change someone’s life through better vision. A few years back, the IRIS location in Nanaimo, B.C., had the pleasure of experiencing this firsthand with a young patient named Marlowe. Marlowe’s life improved after she received her first pair of glasses. Her happiness when she received her new glasses was documented on video, and her reaction as her new glasses were slipped over her eyes was so precious, it is no wonder this video went viral in 2019.

When Marlowe was only one month old, her parents, Nick and Hayley, noticed that her eyes were making shaking movements (later diagnosed as nystagmus). Two months later, Hayley realized that her baby was not responding to her; she would simply stare blankly as though the lights had been turned off for her. However, when Hayley was just a few inches from her face, Marlowe would light up and smile at her. That is when Hayley decided to take Marlowe for her first eye exam. 


The team at IRIS in Nanaimo was happy to meet this new tiny patient. Marlowe was very laid-back during her eye exam, and a proper diagnosis and treatment plan was done for her. Watching the video, it is clear from the smile she gives her mom that she can finally see through her new glasses. After she started to wear them regularly, her parents were able to see a difference in their baby. She was very observant with her new glasses, taking in her surroundings and learning through what she saw. The team at IRIS Nanaimo is very proud to have contributed to this wonderful baby’s development.

Children learn from what they see, and being able to provide them with the tools they need to progress through their lives is one of the many reasons we at IRIS love what we do. Experiencing better vision at IRIS starts at a young age!