Hunter is seen looking extremely moved by how different the world looks to him.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on December 2, 2022. It has since been updated.
When a little child tried on a new pair of spectacles and saw his parents clearly for the first time, a Worcester family was moved to tears. When Hunter Ryan, 2, put on his new glasses and realized he could finally see his parents' faces, his eyes were filled with wonder and tears. In the TikTok video, Hunter is seen looking extremely moved by how different the world looks to him. He is so overwhelmed that keeps staring lovingly at his father.
Little Hunter said only a few words, but his smile spoke plenty. "Can you see daddy differently?" his mother asks him in the video. "Yeah," the boy replied, amused at the glasses. "It was so special. My heart melted," Hunter's mother Samantha Ryan told WBZ-TV. "When he looked in the mirror and looked back at me his tears just welled up in his eyes. I just started crying."
The Worcester boy's vision was hampered by a blocked tear duct. Hunter's doctor suggested glasses after his initial operation failed. "You can immediately see the difference in the activity and the accuracy of kicking the ball," said his father Viktor Ryan. "I thought that was very encouraging."
"We even walked outside after and the first thing he said was 'wow' looking at the trees," said Samantha Ryan. Hunter is now able to see everything in the world much more clearly, encouraging everyone to appreciate the little things in life like trees, magazines, and water fountains.
The video, captioned, "Seeing the world clear for the first time in 2 1/2 years brought tears to everyone including our little boy," has over two million views. Many people have been leaving hundreds of sincere comments of adoration toward the young boy. TikTok user @babyjo101 commented, "I think he really just saw his parents' face for the first time in real-time that’s why the tears came what a sweet baby!" Another user, @jessicastephens29 commented, "I can’t stop crying! We take these things for granted so often. My son couldn’t see well either & I’ll never forget the first day he got his glasses." Another user posted a beautiful question, @kristak.simler asked, "Can you imagine seeing the people's faces you’ve loved all your life for the first time!?!?!? What a beautiful moment. BRB bawling!" User @lauren_lease16 said, "Are you kidding me. I would be a puddle of tears on the floor. Sweet baby. He looks so handsome in glasses!"
After the video was posted on Good Morning America's Instagram, it received even more love. The video has over 160,000 views. Instagram user @coletteascolillo_cubby commented, "Love your glasses! So handsome!" User @dlmoneyham agreed, "So sweet! He looks so cute in his glasses." User @ddalydonna appreciated the young guy, "Such an extraordinarily sweet young guy-the world is a brighter place with him in it!"