Children and glasses

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Children and glasses

Tiven's been complaining about her vision for a couple of weeks, and she finally got to see the eye doctor on Tuesday. Her vision is 20/25, and she also has a mild astigmatism in one eye. The doctor gave us a prescription but offered two different points of view on whether to get her glasses or not with such a mild correction.

First POV is that kids are constantly growing, so her eyes & muscles could be out of alignment at this point in time & could self-correct in another week or month or two. Also, the slight strain of having to focus the eyes more purposely can help develop the eye's muscles which is a good thing in the long run. Basically take a "wait & see" approach, and if she keeps complaining, come back for a free recheck and get the prescription filled. And if she stops complaining, then everything's good.

Second POV is to correct her vision right now, not make her have to strain to focus on things even for another week or two. Upside is she can see clearly, quickly, so why risk having problems in school or not wanting to read because she can't see well. Downside is that she might not need the glasses at all, or her prescription might change for the worse, in another month or two.

He said they are both equally valid and it's really up to the parents & child what to do. I've honestly never heard of the first POV but it sounds logical to me from a biological standpoint. And since a recheck is free, it doesn't sound like he's suggesting it as a way to make more money. But the good mom side of me doesn't feel right about not getting her glasses if she needs them, kwim?

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I have two kids in glasses, one with astigmatism and neither of them were recommended glasses until they were at least 20/60. They got theirs between 11-13, which I heard is an age they see a larger increase of kids needing corrective lenses. They typically needed new prescriptions every two years, but one had needed a new one within 6 months of the last checkup one time. I have an astigmatism, but it's not enough to require correction. I am also nearsighted that I also was prescribed at age 12 that progressively has gotten worse through time with many years in between with no changes or slight improvement. I personally would wait and recheck since your doctor offered that possibility since her current vision is not that different than normal vision. I would recommend she use sunglasses outside as often as possible to see if that helps. Good luck!

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Alyssa has had glasses since she was 3 years old. Her vision is worse than 20/25 even with glasses on. I do not remember how old your children are, but Alyssa goes to a pediatric Opthamologist and he told me at the last appointment that they will not be able to get her up to 20/20 until she is old enough to communicate exactly what she sees. Normally around age 8. Before that, that slight of a vision problem is considered acceptable.

Without glasses she is cross eyed and she has a +6 (I think) prescription. Her prescription normally changes once a year.

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I thought I put in my OP that she's 7.5. Definitely old enough to communicate what she sees. Her pediatrician has done an eye check at her well visits since she was about 2. The ped's chart has a rabbit whose ears are pointing different directions. Dirol The ped said last summer that her vision was 20/25 but that that mild wasn't worth correcting, and Tiven has never complained about blurriness until recently.

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This sounds like DD#2, and we have decided not to put her in glasses. Her vision was at its worst at about 7 and it has improved to the point where her prescription is less then what you can buy at the dollar store. We just based our decision on the fact that she was reading fine and didnt complain hardly ever.

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I don't have any children with glasses (knock on wood!) but I do remember when I got my first pair (I was 20) and I was kind of in the same boat. I didn't really "need" glasses, I had one of the lowest prescribed corrections (-0.75 in each eye). Really just street signs and things weren't clear when I drove. It bugged me enough to just get contacts and glasses. Now almost 10 years later I'm -1.25 in each eye (only down two notches on the eye scale)... not a huge change, but again, the problem is enough to drive me a little nuts so I just wear them everyday now. Either side sounds like a good way to go... what does your DD think?

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I've had glasses/contacts since 5th grade or so.
There is a 3rd option.. Wink Get the glasses and tell your daughter to only wear them when needing to read the chalkboard at school, or when her eyes hurt/headaches etc. And not for reading or playing etc. Best of both worlds... If your insurance covers it I would do it this way for my kiddo(s).

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"Spacers" wrote:

I thought I put in my OP that she's 7.5. Definitely old enough to communicate what she sees. Her pediatrician has done an eye check at her well visits since she was about 2. The ped's chart has a rabbit whose ears are pointing different directions. Dirol The ped said last summer that her vision was 20/25 but that that mild wasn't worth correcting, and Tiven has never complained about blurriness until recently.

When is she getting these headaches? It sounds like it's more the astigmatism that's the issue. My astigmatism is borderline needing correction, but they left it up to me. My vision gets blurry and I get headaches under certain fluorescent lighting and bright natural light outside, especially around water or snow when the light is reflecting from all directions. It's fine when seeing in the shade. What has helped me is to wear regular sunglasses outdoors at all times when the sun is out. No headaches or blurriness from my vision. The walking areas of the shopping mall is horrible for my vision, but in most stores the lighting is fine. The lighting at my work is fine as well. I don't know if it's due to how high the lights are above me or what. But if the lighting at school is the primary source of her headaches, I don't know if there's a solution other than to get the corrective lenses.

Once the newness of glasses wear off, will she still be willing to wear them? I remember when I got mine, I thought they were super kewl (course now I think they were the ugliest pair ever!). But when I got used to them, I realized what a pain in the bum they were and refused to wear them in school because I thought I could still basically see and I looked better without them. My kids did the same thing until they were old enough to handle contacts. Very frustrating trying to get a stubborn kid to wear something they don't want to.

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"Beertje" wrote:

Once the newness of glasses wear off, will she still be willing to wear them? I remember when I got mine, I thought they were super kewl (course now I think they were the ugliest pair ever!). But when I got used to them, I realized what a pain in the bum they were and refused to wear them in school because I thought I could still basically see and I looked better without them. My kids did the same thing until they were old enough to handle contacts. Very frustrating trying to get a stubborn kid to wear something they don't want to.

Sorry to derail, but how old were they when you let them wear contacts?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Sorry to derail, but how old were they when you let them wear contacts?

Oh geez, you're making me think... Ok, DD got her glasses in 5th grade (11) and DS got his in 6th grade? (12) when they didn't pass the nurses quick eye test they do every fall at the school (DD at the second failed time as she also failed it in 4th grade, but was never given a prescription as her vision impairment was minor). I think they both got contacts in 8th grade after they actually wore their glasses and proved they could take care of them instead of leaving them helter skelter and always needing to look for them or me finding them outside of their cases anywhere in the house except for where they belonged - on their face. When they switched over to contacts, DS went through them like water because he kept tearing them until about the time he graduated. Would've switched back over to glasses, but he hated wearing them for sports. DD didn't have nearly as many issues with contacts, but was not good at telling me when her supply was starting to get low until she was on her last pair. But that's her nature on everything.

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Thanks Smile

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I'd just let my child decide.

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I would go with option #1, hold off and recheck. I have heard and read that wearing glasses causes your eyes to become dependent on them because they don't have to work as hard. I think if she wears them she will lose the chance of her vision correcting, but that's just my unprofessional opinion, and what I would do if it were my child Smile