We think they really make a difference as we heard her say, "I can see better!" We are not sure she is repeating something we told her would happen, or if she in fact realizes that they help.
Ellie on the other hand was very sad about Nina getting glasses. She is afraid that Nina will get picked on, or that she will not look as cute. We talked to her about how much glasses will help Nina, and that looks are not important, but only what is inside our hearts. In some very small way, this is the first time that Ellie realizes that one of her sisters is "different." It amazes me because Nina has braces and a walker and Ellie has never made any comments. But glasses?
However, this morning when the girl were going to school, Ellie was the one to remind us not to forget Nina's glasses. At school, as they began to color, Ellie pointed out that Nina was trying to color inside the lines. Ellie cheered for Nina and celebrated. "Look mommy, the glasses are really helping Nina color better!" So the heart brokenness was short lived.