What a difference a year makes.
Last June, 10-month-old Piper Verdusco refused to crawl. Her parents never imagined her developmental delay was because she couldn’t see what was in front of her face.
After an optometrist diagnosed Piper as severely farsighted, her parents captured her trying on new glasses in a YouTube video called “Piper can see!”
Soon, 40 million viewers swooned as the adorable baby burst into smiles wearing her pink specs for the first time.
Now, on the one-year anniversary of that day, Piper has switched to blue glasses and is “the happiest baby you will ever see,” said her father, Andrew Verdusco, an Uber driver from Cincinnati.
“We heard from people around the world,” he told TODAY. “The video was pretty amazing and it seemed to touch a lot of people deeply.”
“She is about to turn 2 and doing great,” said Verdusco, 28. “We thought there was something wrong because Piper had never attempted to walk or crawl. Then she put the glasses on and everything happened instantaneously.”
After Piper’s experience, Verdusco wants to encourage other parents to take their young children to the eye doctor.
Luckily, Piper’s mother, Jessica Sinclair, 27, works in an eye doctor’s office and suspected something was wrong. A visit to an optometrist revealed the baby was severely farsighted.
A 2015 survey conducted by the American Optometric Association found only about 19 percent of respondents knew that a baby’s first eye exam should be between 6 and 9 months.
The next check-up should be around age 3, unless there are other problems.