How long does it take for my son's eyes to straighten with glasses?

Tammy - posted on 04/15/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 21 month old son was just diagnosed with stabismus. He was given a prescription for glasses, he has only been wearing them for 2 days and his eyes are still turning. I was just wondering how long it will take before his eyes will straighten. I'm very new with this as he was just diagnosed a month ago and just got his glasses. I'm also wondering if once his eyes straighten if they will remain straight if the glasses were taken off. I'm hoping he won't always need glasses.

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Sarah - posted on 11/24/2012

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Hi! My daughter has strabismus and we went to her first doctor who put her in prescription glasses to correct her eyes turning in. Well it didn't help with the turning at all. So I took them off of her, because I was worried that the prescription would hurt her vision. So I took her in to another doctor to get a second opinion, and that doctor said she did not need the prescription glasses because her vision was fine. So we patched for about six months, then the doctor decided we should do the surgery. Her surgery was almost a year ago and her eyes are perfect and straight. I had the same worries, I didn't want her to have to always wear glasses, but with the second opinion, turns out she didn't need them at all. Her doctor said a lot of doctors don't like to offer the surgery, so they do glasses. Hope this helps, and stay encouraged, I know I had a really hard time with it at first, but am thankful for second opinions

Taryn - posted on 11/23/2012

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Hi Jen,



I was heartbroken when my little one had to wear glasses. Liam was 15 months old when we saw his eyes were starting to cross, and they crossed very quickly afterwards. We took him to the eye specialist who told us that he's farsighted and we discovered that he had two different types of eye crossing. One was repairable with surgery, and the repairable with the use of glasses, over a long period of time. He got his specs when he was 20 months old too, and his eyes didn't cross quite so much when he started wearing his glasses. He had eye muscle repair surgery last May, now his eyes appear perfectly straight while his glasses are one, when we take them off, they cross again. Our specialist has said that he has a 65% chance of growing out of it. The key is to regularly have your little one's eyes checked to make sure he has the correct strength lense. Liam's eyes started to cross again with the use of his glasses, we took him back to the specialist and discovered that he needed new lenses.



With the use of the glasses, the lenses should pull your sons eyes straight. Your specialist may also advise 'patching' is necessary. We were asked to 'patch' with Liam (when you cover one eye for a certain amount of time, so that they can only use one eye), when we did, we got him a nice new toy to play with, we only brought it out during 'patching' time, so it was never a problem as he was excited to have his toy :)



I'm not sure if your son's eyes can get worse, I imagine that they could as he's still so young and he's growing. You caught it early, which has already made the world of difference.



Liam's eyes haven't got any worse with the use of his glasses. He'll be 4 in February, and we've now all gotten so used to him with glasses, we actually can't imagine him without them :) I cried big tears when I first put those glasses on him!



I hope I've helped. Good luck xx

Jessi - posted on 07/06/2011

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Stabismus runs in my family. I was born with it (33 yrs ago) and had 3 eye surgeries before the age of 5, wore an eye patch, and started wearing glasses at 6 mo. My doctor also instructed me in doing eye exercises daily. As an adult, I have mild prescription glasses but am not dependent on them. I can see well enough to drive without them.

My younger sister had the same problem. Our parents opted out of surgery for her, but did use patches for a short time. She has had glasses since age 1. As an adult, she is dependent on her glasses and cannot see much without them.

Now her daughter, my niece, is a year old and has been given glasses for strabismus. Her glasses are similar to the same strength as her mom's, but it is wrong. She can see and pick up small bits of fuzz from the floor, even those a similar color of the carpet. She easily grabs everything she reaches for. Even with glasses, her mother doesn't see that well. I have recommended she not use the glasses until she is older and can see a pediatric specialist.

From my family's experiences, I suggest seeing a pediatric opthmalogist for your child. Learn all the options available, and don't be afraid to question if you think the glasses are too strong.

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Jen - posted on 11/26/2012

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Thanks for your response Taryn, I appreciate you sharing your experience and feedback with me. All the best! -Jen

Jen - posted on 11/16/2012

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Hello , my son is 20 months and he needs to where glasses for what we discovered to be a slightly crossed eye, he is farshighted, more than he should be for his age. If glasses correct this and ultimately improved his vision, and yes that is my greatest hope that he can see well....but will he look more crossed without his glasses, can it get worse, right now its subtle. I hate to sound vain but I love his eyes and would hate them to be so crossed even if they are corrected with glasses. Does the appareance tend to get worse or will it stay the same or even improve. Please share your knowledge moms. I'm a ball of emotions.

Tammy - posted on 07/06/2011

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He went back to the eye doctor a few weeks ago and I was told his eyes are much better since the glasses. Before the glasses his eyes were off 30 degrees and now they are off 25 degrees. He goes back again next week and if they still are not straight they are going to do the surgery which I am very scared of as I have read a lot of things about the surgery. I am worried about his eyes becoming dependant on glasses. Before the glasses he seemed to see well as he could spot the smallest little thing on the floor. I don't think there is any problems with his vision but right now he is too young to tell me how well he sees. He can also read about 40 words by himself and he's not even 2 yet so I think his eyes are pretty good.

Tammy - posted on 05/07/2011

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My son loves wearing his glasses and doesn't take them off so that tells us he can see better even though he seemed to see well before the glasses. He may still need surgery and I'm not too sure how I feel about that, I've read a lot of things about the surgery and my main concern is his eyes going back to being the same way again and even turning out which seems to be common after surgery.
As far as other people staring and saying their little comments I find it's the adults not children. Other children still talk and play with him and don't treat him any different. It just really bothers me to see them laugh, I know that's only because there isn't many children is age who wear glasses and most people havn't seen a baby or toddler wearing glasses. We've also had people tell us he looks very cute in them and that they suit him well which they do.
He goes back to the eye doctor in a month and so I'm hoping his eyes will straighten before then so he doesn't need surgery. I read that it can take a couple of months for the eyes to straighten with glasses and it hasn't been a month yet so I am still hoping. His eyes are not off by much and they are straight sometimes. No one in our family has ever noticed that his eyes didn't look straight even my husband so it's not really that noticable. I guess we'll have to see what happens when he goes back in a month.

Taryn - posted on 05/07/2011

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It is heartbreaking when you come across people who find other people's challenges funny. You just have to wonder what kind of upbringing they've had!

Do you think a second opinion would put you more at ease? I know it can be costly, but I ended up driving an hour away for a second opinion, and I was quite pleased I did. I ended up with the best Ophthalmologist for kids in South Africa.

I also wondered if you have ever visited www.littlefoureyes.com? It's a wonderful support group and there are many tips and experienced mom's on there who are always so happy to help, you may even find someone in your part of the world who can provide you with contacts and support. There is also a Little Four Eyes group on Facebook.

One thing Liam's Dr told me when we first got his glasses and I worried he wouldn't wear them, was that if they weren't helping him, he would keep taking them off.

I must tell you, Liam had his surgery on Thursday and the difference is so apparent! He's a completely different child and all he wants to do is read and colour in! He will still have to wear his glasses for a while, possibly years, but we're one step closer to solving his eye troubles.

Tammy - posted on 05/03/2011

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It's now been 3 weeks and his eyes are still turning, it looks like he will need surgery but he doesn't go back to the eye doctor until June. At his last appointment the doctor had said he didn't think my son needed the patching. His eye turn alternates between both eyes and his eyes are straight sometimes but they were before the glasses and in fact I've been noticing his eyes turning more since wearing the glasses and it seems to be more in the right eye. I'm hoping he won't always need the glasses although he is very cute in them and they suit him well. I'm tired of other adults staring, smirking and I've seen a couple laugh and it just breaks my heart because he is such a sweet child. Before the glasses he seemed to see well, I don't think he has had any trouble seeing so I don't know if he even needs the glasses and they don't seem to be working anyway, he still does wear them all the time. We'll have to see what happens when he goes back to the eye doctor next month and at least until then he will be wearing the glasses and I'm hoping he won't always need them and that his eyes will straighten.

Taryn - posted on 04/27/2011

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My son has the same problem, he got his glasses at 20 months but his eyes were still turning with them on. We were told to patch his eyes, which we did. I then took him to see his Ophthalmologist yesterday and we were told that the patching made no difference, and that he will need eye muscle surgery (booked in for next Thursday). Apparently after the surgery, while his glasses are on, his eyes will not cross, but when his glasses are off they will cross. We were told that he has two forms of squint, one which they can operate and rectify, the other he has to wear glasses for, and hopefully with the glasses his eyes will strengthen and straighten as he gets older. It is hard for a parent to hear that your child may always need glasses, Liam has had his glasses for 7 months now and I really can't imagine him without them, he's terribly cute and the way those glasses magnify his eyes, I just want to eat him up! The fantastic thing is that you have caught it early, so there are many things the specialists can do to help.

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