A Smile Emerges Fourteen-month-old Jaxson McQuait loves trucks, climbing and keeping up with his big sister. But for the first few months of his life, this energetic toddler rarely smiled. His mother, Noelle McQuait, noticed that he didn’t open his eyes much. When he did, they were crossed. After visiting an eye specialist, her hunch that something wasn’t right was validated. Jaxson was very far-sighted, and eye strain was causing his eyes to cross. “It was heartbreaking to find out Jaxson’s vision was impaired. As a parent you don’t want your children to have difficulties in life,” says McQuait. With help from the Forbes Road Lions in Pennsylvania, Jaxson received his first pair of eye glasses at 4 months old. “The Lions’ help meant so much to us. We sometimes have to decide between paying a bill and groceries. We have to travel to see doctors and buy things like eye drops and patches. We’re so grateful for the Lions,” says McQuait. With his new glasses on for the first time, Jaxson became a new person. “He looked around and his face lit up! It was amazing to see him start smiling and laughing. His personality opened up,” McQuait recalls. Jaxson has since had eye surgery to further correct his crossed eyes and has a new prescription that’s helping him explore the world as an active toddler. Another surgery may be needed soon. McQuait knows that Jaxson will overcome any challenges with his vision. “I just want him to be comfortable with himself and his glasses, and to not be held back from anything he wants to do.”
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