Have you had your child's eyes examined?

Karen - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Most states do not require eye exams before starting school, yet they require a visit with the dentist. Although it is important to check the health of your teeth, most school age children are beyond the stage of learning through oral exploration. Did you know your child could have 20/20 vision and still have a learning-related vision problem due to eye movement problems, eye teaming problems, and/or eye-hand coordination problems? Vision is more than clarity. It is the ability to visualize, understand and apply the information that comes through the eyes. Does your child experience headaches or eye pain/strain when reading? Does your child frequently lose his/her place while reading? Does your child confuse similar looking words? Does your child have poor reading comprehension? Does your child have sloppy handwriting? Does your child avoid close work such as reading? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may have a learning-related vision problem. The American Optometric Association recommends school-age children to have their eyes examined once a year. Not all optometrists are created equal. Look for one who specializes in pediatrics or vision therapy if you suspect a problem. Express all of your concerns and what you and/or your child's teacher have observed the child doing.

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Shari - posted on 05/01/2010

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My kids have had their eyes examined every year before school and that started before they started Kindergarten I wanted to make sure everything was good. My daughter has to wear glasses and has been since the age of 4 if we hadn't had her eyes tested we would never known how poor her eyesight truly was.

Laurie - posted on 05/01/2010

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I wish that they would check you kids eyes at the first exam at the doctors. I have a son that from birth has had a eye problem that no one seems to think can happen in a newborn. He was borned with Glaucoma. We didn't get the diagnoses til he was 4 months old and about a week from being blind from the pressure behind his eyes. I as a new mother felt that there was something going on with his eyes from the start but, was told that i was crazy and "You are a new mother and I am the doctor" STOP over reacting to this. When my son was born, his eyes had NO color to them except for the center of the eye was black. The outside, were you should have color , there was none. It wasn't until he hurt his eye that anyone would do a exam to see what was going on. Then we went to optometrist to see why his eyes weren't healing that we got our diagnoses of glaucoma. We since have had 7 eye surgeries and many eye drops, medicines and a lot of praying later we are doing GREAT. So PLEASE listen to yourself when you feel something in you heart and follow up on it and DON'T give up. Have your kids checked and re-checked if needed ASAP.

Laura - posted on 04/30/2010

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Just wondering, Karen, are you an eye doctor? This seems more like an ad to me. Not that I disagree! My son and daughter both had to start wearing glasses this year! And it wasn't due to a school check of their eyes. I noticed them squinting at the tv. I think every parent needs to get their kids eyes checked whether they see problems or not!

Zoraida - posted on 04/29/2010

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By sometime during K and grade 1, and it turns out my son needed glasses to see things from a distance. Glad I did it when I took his brother for his exam. They both needed glasses. Lens crafters was really great about it.

Shirley - posted on 04/28/2010

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My son had his check in pre-school. He was complaining as headaches. Having a good MD means nothing when it comes to eye exams. Please have them checked my an eye doctor before school. Min recommends before pre-school. My 3 year old will start pre-school this fall and will be going to the eye doctor next month. He will dialate her eyes check for any problems. My son has glasses and would have had a lazy eye if I hadn't taken him in and gotten him checked out. Since he has had his glasses (he's 6 now) there have been no more headaches and they think next year he may not need them anymore.

Carrie - posted on 04/27/2010

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When my daughter was 4 she had an eye exam before starting K. She has had 1 every year since then just as a precaution. In our state they required it to start K. She doesn't have to have 1 every year, but we do it anyway.

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I live in BC and we now have pre-school health clinics for 3 yr olds. You can take your child here for free and they do 4 or 5 "health checks" with them. One is an eye test, teeth, co-ordination, and some others I've forgotten. You fill out a sheet where they ask you if they can do certain things that should be happening at their age level. It's fun for the kids and the parents get the info they need as well.

Before this started I would take my other child to the dentist and the eye doctor myself by the age of 3. Eye exams are free for under 16yr olds and seniors. The dentist is covered under my health care benefits. My daughter has had trouble "seeing" the 3D images with the glasses they wear. Our eye doctor has said to have her back before kindergarten for another exam, it may be she is just young, but we'll see about that in Sept.

Donna - posted on 04/25/2010

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i have two children the eldest is 10 and had been wearing glasses since she was four had her fist eye exam when she was 3.. it was a little different for me as i noticed she had a turn in one of her eyes she get regular eye exams now.. when my now 3 yrs old came along she was booked in for an eye exam all most straight away and had her frist eye exam when she was just over a year old she has had 2 more since and her sight is fine.. it seems to me that for children it's really up to the parents to notice some problems with eyesight so if you do notice anything get it checked straight away cause the childs sight will only get worse..

Shelley - posted on 04/23/2010

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We actually just went about 2 wks ago my older boys wear glasses & have a check ect once a yr. This time he also checked my nearly 3 yr olds eyes but it did not go well & he was not one bit co operative so we will have to give it another try again in a few months.

Jessica - posted on 04/23/2010

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My son will be 5 this summer. We have a very good doctor and he has not had his eyes examined yet.

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