How did you know when your child needed glasses?

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Shauna - posted on 02/18/2013

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I worry that my 4 year old really doesn't need glasses after all. I had one DR say not only does he need them but he has a big Astigmatism, he dilated his eyes too.

I NEVER noticed any symptoms and he says he is far sighted (cant see things close up?). HOW COULD I NOT NOTICE?

I went for a second opinion and they did not dilate his eyes but said he needs glasses, however they said without dilating his eyes they couldn't say for sure what his prescription would be. They said just go with the one I had from 5 months earlier.

So I got him glasses. We picked them up Saturday. His glasses are STRONG!

He doesn't seem to notice a difference, but trying to get a 4 year old to explain what he can/can not see is impossible. He plays Wii, DS iPad fine. He writes and knows some letters so asking him to do the letter eye chart is difficult. What do I do?

Do I get a third opinion with eye dilation or just have him wear them and go back in 3-4 months as suggested?

This is extremely stressful! Getting a Pediatric Ophthalmologist is only through the hospital and a year+ wait.

I don't want to make him wear them and he doesn't need them and screw up his eyes BUT if he doesn't wear them they say he could end up with a lazy eye.

his prescription:
R/D +1.25 -1.25 165
L/G +2.50 -3.00 10

Kim - posted on 11/17/2010

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My daughter started having migraine headache's when she was 4 years old to the point she would go in her room close all the blinds and turn the lights off. We know something was wrong, we thought it was allergies, so we started with meds, then the doctor said the next step would be the eye doctor and if that was the problem a CAT scan. Found out that my daughter had 30/25 vision with an astigmatism in one eye and now a year later it is 25/20 with an astigmatism in both eyes. It was really hard because she is not to the point of blackboard work in school and if she didn't have the headache's we would not have never known.

Angie - posted on 10/29/2010

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I was tested by the school nurse. I never knew that people could see the blackboard, that one could see the leaves on a tree, or that there were individual rocks in on a cliff. Watch your child for headaches and squinting. If you notice this, take him/her to the eye doctor...

Brigitte - posted on 11/24/2010

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I got a note home from the school nurse that my daughter, Lily was tested and needed to visit the eye doctor. She had trouble seeing the board and was happy with her glasses. She only needs them for distance.

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I have vision issues as well, I had my kids tested due to the fact that they were all premmies. My second son, who's now 10 was 7 when he learned he needed glasses. He's now old enough that if he wanted to he can wear contacts like I do. Something I did tell him that he would still need glasses for somethings such as looking at the computer screen to do homework.

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AshleyJennifer - posted on 08/16/2013

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My daughter is 19months (1) and she gets super close to the tv her father wears glasses and theres a feeling inside me. Saying she does to but im not sire should i be worried or should i not., it bothers me how she gets face to fave with the tv

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we had all our girls checked by the optometrist when they turned 5. My oldest had some problems that we just monitored with checkups every 6 months. This September we decided that although her prescription is minimal it would be a good idea. The change has been amazing, she won't take them off.

Val - posted on 11/24/2010

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my daughter got closer and closer to the tv. she was sitting 2 feet from it telling me she couldn't hear it (she has hearing problems) but after I turned her up, and I noticed she wasn't adjusting volume on tv only getting closer, I made an appointment, she definitely needed glasses!

Nadine - posted on 11/24/2010

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I knew because my son always did great with letters/ reading (he's six so when I say reading I mean words like "the" and "and") and all of a sudden he was confusing the letters i t and l so I brought him in. He ended up being farsighted and not nearsighted. Both his dad and I are nearsighted so that was a bit of a surprise and I wasn't expecting that but I think the best advice is that YOU know you're kids the best and if you expect something bring them in and have it checked out.

Ericka - posted on 11/19/2010

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The nurse at the school brought it to my attention, than I watched what she was doing and figured it out. Next, to the eye doctor.

Kristin - posted on 11/18/2010

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i took my son for an eye exam because its required for kindergarten and found out he needs glasses

Sara - posted on 11/18/2010

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I am an optician and a lot of parents do not get there children checked untill the school says they are having trouble. My daughter is going to need some glasses , But the doctor and I have decided to wait untill she gets into school or starts having trouble. If you see a difference in there eyes like an eye turn, I would get them checked, or if the complain aboutheadaches or can not see.

Stephanie - posted on 11/18/2010

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I have 2 with glasses. My 11 yr old has had them since 3rd grade, she took the regular test and didn't pass. So we brought her to the eye Dr. Then more recent my 8 yr old son just picked up his glasses this past weekend, he was squinting allot more when we all decided to take him in & sure enough he was in need of glasses too. I think it helps them to see another sibling with glasses or a close friend, it eases the anxiety if they are 'not sure', about it yet.'

Brenda - posted on 11/17/2010

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I work for an eye doctor and if you feel your child needs tested then take your child in. we are able to block each individual picture or letter so they dont get confused. You know your child better than anyone else.. Good luck.

Joy - posted on 11/17/2010

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My daughter came to us in third grade and said it was hard seeing the blackboard.The funny thing is after she got them she said she only wanted them cause her bff had them and everyone was making fun of her.She didnt want her to be the only one is class with glasses.

Alberta - posted on 11/17/2010

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I found when she was always complaining bout not being able to see board n school , and she was squinting her eyes alot

Crystal - posted on 11/17/2010

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I started getting my kids checked at the age of 2 so any eye problems are caught and possibly corrected young. then yearly after that first visit. Just take them in to your local optomitrist office and have your child examend its worth the time even if it is just to find out your child has great eye sight

April - posted on 11/17/2010

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I found out last year at my eldest son's school. They do a medical week where they get their eyes checked and his is not the greatest.

Marguerite - posted on 11/17/2010

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My daughter started having trouble in math in 3rd grade and when we tried to help her with her homework we noticed that she could do the problems if you read them to her but when she was looking at them she would miss them. I also got glasses around them same age. Anyway I asked her if she had been getting headaches at school and she said yes. Then I asked her if she could see the board and she said yes but it is a little fuzzy. So I took her to my eye doctor and sure enough it was bad but enough to need a small prescription. I hope this helps you.

Maria - posted on 11/16/2010

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My son complained of headaches and blurry vision, not being able to see the blackboard clearly.

Heather Lea - posted on 11/16/2010

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Me I was almost 4 yrs old and kept running into walls :)
thankfully my 9 yr old daughter has a teacher this year that actually gave a care unlike the prior year...and noticed that she was having issues. My daughter is gifted and has a very high reading level for her age and when she wasn't doing her work (that was listed on the chalk board) instead of passing it off as bored child actually looked into it and recommended her doctor to do a test which lead to us finding out that yes she needed to see an optometrist and needed reading glasses.

Amie - posted on 11/15/2010

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if you notice your child lazy a turned/lazy eye book him/her in to get checked out. iv had to take my son afew times cause he is a premmie bub and once we got the all clear thats we were told to keep an eye on.

User - posted on 11/14/2010

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I WAS THREE WHEN I GOT MY FIRST PAIR , SO I WATCHED FOR PROBLEMS WITH MY CHILDREN BEFORE THEY WHERE TWO. MY SON GOT HIS FIRST PAIR AT 18 MONTHS MY DAUGHTER WAS 2 YEARS OLD. IF THEIR EYES ARE TURNING AT 15 MONTHS I WOULD TAKE THEM TO A PEDIATRIC

ophthalmologist THIS IS A SIGN THAT THY ARE HAVING TO FOCUS TOO HARD

Crystal - posted on 11/12/2010

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We took our son for his Well Child visit and when they did the eye exam, one eye was "better" than the other, so they referred us to a Pediatric Optometrist. We made the appt and they did a more thourough exam telling us his brain was only using one eye. :( We didn't see any signs that there was a problem, and the Dr. even said we probably never would have because the eye he was mainly using was 20/20.

Mariam - posted on 11/11/2010

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Here's a list of common signs that indicate it's time to schedule an eye appointment for your child:

* Loses place while reading
* Avoids close work
* Tends to rub eyes
* Has headaches
* Turns or tilts head
* Makes frequent reversals when reading or writing
* Uses finger to maintain place when reading
* Omits or confuses small words when reading
* Consistently performs below potential
* Struggles to complete homework
* Squints while reading or watching television
* Has behavioral problems
* Holds reading material closer than normal


Thankfully, many of you mentioned stories around these signs and took your children in for a complete eye exam! If you need to find an eye doctor near you, visit our locator: http://bit.ly/EyeDoc

- Mariam
Airwear Representative
Essilor of America

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2010

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My daughter just came right out and told me, of course it helped that one of her friends had just got glasses. I actually thought she was just making it up because she wanted to be like her friend, which is common with girls. But as it turned out she did infact need them. So listen when they tell you stuff, most of the time its true ; )

Chelsie - posted on 11/10/2010

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I know that my step daugther needed glasses when she started sitting closer to the tv and when her teacher told me that she had to move my daughter closer to the white board because my daughter was complaining that she couldn't see it.

Mariam - posted on 11/10/2010

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Thanks for all of your responses and stories about how you identified when your child needed glasses!

Children's vision is important. After all, 80% of everything a child learns in their first 12 years comes through their eyes!

If you have any questions about glasses or vision, feel free to ask me or visit www.lightersafergreener.com.

- Mariam
Airwear Representative
Essilor of America

Lindsy - posted on 11/09/2010

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Your pediatrician can do a basic eye exam and refer a more thorough exam if necessary.

Paula - posted on 11/08/2010

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Well my son did not need glasses but I did have a concern about one of his eyes. It centered a little too much for me so I brought it up to his pediatrician and he recommended a pediatric eye specialist I believe my son was 18 months or so and I was right. There was a nerve that wasn't fully developed but over the years it did and every 6 months we had it checked and now he's perfectly fine. Hopefully that helps just talk to ur pediatrician

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We take our 3 to the eye doctors every year for a check up. We know if they need it then. If there is some drastic change we can take them more often but so far our girls have been blessed with good eye sight.

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We take our 3 to the eye doctors every year for a check up. We know if they need it then. If there is some drastic change we can take them more often but so far our girls have been blessed with good eye sight.

Aine - posted on 11/08/2010

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I noticed my daughters eye was turning in and suspected she had a squint when she was about 9months old, i got nurse to refer her for and eye test when she was 2 and now her vision is back to normal

Sandra - posted on 11/07/2010

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You will sense that something is not right. She will run into things or trying hard to focus on small letters. Get an eye exam is the correct way but determine whether she wears the glasses is difficult. Most of the time kids does not want to wear it. If it is on the border of wearing it, then do alternative ways to improve the eye by looking at many green trees and grass. Look up, down, middle, close and near to exercise the eyes. Make Goji berry drinks to improve the eye. Just boil goji berry with water (10 oz) for 15 mins. When it is warm add little honey and serve.

Gina - posted on 11/05/2010

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my daughter got her glasses when she was 3. I kept seeing this problem with her one eye since she was 4 months old and her doctor could never see what I saw till her 3 yrs old healthy check up and he was walking away and caught it. they finally believed and referred me to an eye doctor who told me my daughter has browns syndrome and want to do eye surgery right away. Went to 3 other eye doctors to get opinions. Surgery is a big decision. She started out wearing glasses and went through therapy till finally last year she had the eye d=surgery b/c it was starting to get worse. We tried everything 1st. She still has to wear glasses. So keep on it if you believe something is wrong. It never hurts to have your child eyes checked.

SARAH - posted on 11/02/2010

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My daughters pre-k class had someone come in & test...they said she should be tested further & sure enough she couldn't see right! When she got her 1st pair of glasses she was excited things weren't so "furry"

Samantha - posted on 11/02/2010

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At my four your old's well child check up, they had her stand across the room and "read" the chart across the room. It had pictures of hearts and stars and other shapes that she knew what the names were, just like we read a letter chart with different sized lines. You could test your child the same way.. http://www.preventblindness.org/children...
or look for a kindergarten eye chart. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 11/02/2010

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I took my daughter to the eye dr, when she started squinting nd struggling to see things..nd it came back that she needed glasses..i was glad that i took her to get her exam done..

Desiree - posted on 11/02/2010

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Mine were struggling with headaches and in my sons case school work. They were working with their noses up against the paper when studing.

Sara - posted on 11/01/2010

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my son is 6 and he has had glasses since about 4 1/2 and I took my son to a childrens hosptial because he had what appeared to be a lzy eye.I say if you feel something is wrong then take them or most eye drs wait until they are at least 5 or knows their abc's and colors and what not.

Tasika - posted on 11/01/2010

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Actually I didn't...her school performed eye exams and thought that she needed to be further examined. So I took her in right away and found out that she did need glasses. There may be small signs such as squinting, rubbing of the eyes, sitting close to the telelvision, etc. So if you think your child may need glasses take him or her in for an exam. I now take my girls in at least every year and a half to two years.

Elfrancine - posted on 10/30/2010

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I take my kids to be tested every two years. That is the best. Not sure how old your child is, but take him/her as soon as possible and if he/she needs glasses they will inform you. Better to be tested soon than be sorry when a child battles at school because he/she cannot see

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