David Hunter Cherwek, M.D.
Joan Critz Limbrick
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The paintings in this book are watercolor on paper
Graphic and cover design by Joan Critz Limbrick
This book is dedicated to
My mom told me that the whole wide world was
so happy to see me when I was born.
I can’t remember the first thing I ever did see when
the world first saw me, but I do remember what I
wondered when I first saw the sea...
“I can see the sea, but can the sea see me?”
So I jumped into her blue water to find out.
When I opened my eyes,
everything was blurry and
my eyes turned red. I don’t
know how fish see. They
must have special glasses
on their heads!
As I grew older, the world became blurry as if I
were under water. I had to get closer and closer
to what I was trying to see. Even my beloved sea
became nothing but a big blurry blob.
Squinting and rubbing my eyes did not
help. Sometimes my head would hurt.
I was so sad.
I told my mom and she took me to a
nice eye doctor. The doctor asked,
“Which is better for you?
One or two?
Two or three?”
“None,” I said.
So she gave me special
binoculars to look through
and with these focused just
right, I could read every
tumbling E in sight!
Next, I got to pick out my very own frames.
The eye doctor said, “Now we can make some
special glasses just for you. They will help
you see the sea and everything else too.”
With my glasses I can see the world
smiling back at me when I see my
reflection in the big blue sea.
Just like moths use moonlight
to fly, I use my glasses to see
the stars in the sky. With them
I navigate my ship across the
seven seas _
Every night I polish my special glasses and they
sleep next to me.
I like to rest my eyes so when
tomorrow comes I will be ready
to see all the beauty the world
has to share with me.
My mom told me that I am a
I told my mom I was happy to be able to see the
Hunter Cherwek is an Ophthalmologist who has been work-
ing internationally to help eliminate avoidable blindness in countries
& communities in greatest need. It is his wish that this book raises
support for ORBIS International and brings attention to the important
issue of pediatric visual impairment, especially amongst young girls.
Joan Critz Limbrick is a visual artist who enjoys using her very vivid
imagination whether it is expressed in her writing, ceramic work,
painting, illustration, graphic design or interior design. An author
and illustrator of children’s books, more of her work can be seen on
her website: www.joanlimbrick.com.
ORBIS prevents and treats blindness through hands-on train-
ing, public health education, improved access to quality eye care,
advocacy and partnerships with local health care organizations.
Our work focuses on bringing quality eye care to communities by
building the capacity of our local partners to develop adequate infra-
structure, trained staff and ultimately sustainable eye care
All proceeds from the sale of this book
go to the support of orBIs International.