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Getting a child's eyes checked Ashley Jean ♥ 34 kids; Dry Ridge, Kentucky 12391 posts
9th Jan '13

How do they check a young child's eyes?
Like, if they don't know the letters or whatever?
My son is 3 1/2 and I'm worried about his eye sight. He's constantly trying to be up on the tv because he says he can't see from the couch. Constantly running into things.
He came about an inch from the counter the other day before he stopped and changed directions...and he was actually paying attention because I was watching him.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
9th Jan '13

Pictures. They can also look in their eyes. It's hard to get a good astigmatism assessment because they have to stay super still. But they can get a pretty accurate vision assessment based on looking in their eyes. Idk if it's how Their yes react when they put up a certain script or what. But they can. Dd got glasses at age 4.

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11904 posts
9th Jan '13

They look into their eyes, have them follow a light or toy or what not. Cylus is due for his check up again in Dec and I am nervous!

Barfy McVomitron Due July 19; 4 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 29256 posts
9th Jan '13

my children's doctor had this little device that shoots a beam into the eye and can tell if the child needs to see an optimologist. which my oldest daughter did and she looks adorable in glasses

Ashley Jean ♥ 34 kids; Dry Ridge, Kentucky 12391 posts
9th Jan '13
Quoting lolajessup:" Pictures. They can also look in their eyes. It's hard to get a good astigmatism assessment because they ... [snip!] ... their eyes. Idk if it's how Their yes react when they put up a certain script or what. But they can. Dd got glasses at age 4."


Ah ok, makes sense. Thank you!



I'm just afraid he's going to have eye sight like me...and that's not good at all! Figured I better get him checked out before he starts getting worse.

DeanJade&Mak's Mom 3 kids; Covina, CA, United States 8822 posts
9th Jan '13

Shapes or pixs like apples, house, things that he would know, dean had to get glasses last year but he just turned 5 tho, make sure u find a dr. that works with kids or are good with them I had 1 dr. try and rush dean I flipped got refund and wrote a review about her, the dr. who did deans exam spent almost an hour with him making sure dean understood what he was asking

Ashley Jean ♥ 34 kids; Dry Ridge, Kentucky 12391 posts
9th Jan '13
Quoting DeanJade&Maksims Momma:" Shapes or pixs like apples, house, things that he would know, dean had to get glasses last year but he ... [snip!] ... a review about her, the dr. who did deans exam spent almost an hour with him making sure dean understood what he was asking"


He's got a learning delay, so he doesn't know all of that yet. He knows some, but not a lot.
I have an eye doctor already. It's one I take my daughter to.



That sucks that they tried to rush LO....glad you found a good one though!

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11904 posts
9th Jan '13
Quoting Ashley Jean ♥:" He's got a learning delay, so he doesn't know all of that yet. He knows some, but not a lot. I have ... [snip!] ... doctor already. It's one I take my daughter to. That sucks that they tried to rush LO....glad you found a good one though!"

cylus doesn't talk really at all so yea they just looked in his eyes and said he could use a slight prescription but nothing that they were really worried about and it wouldn't be worth the time to get him glasses because of how minor it was. :)

meggg+J,B&L♥ 3 kids; Nasinu, Fiji 16901 posts
9th Jan '13

when i had my eye exam they offered to do my sons because it was covered by the province so i said ok, he was 3 1/2 and did amazing, the dr showed him pictures and he was a little shy with him, so i went over to the wall and asked my son what this picture was, and that one etc. he actually has better then perfect vision apparently lol better then some adults with perfect vision the dr said.



im jealous lol i cant see anything without my glasses!

Ashley Jean ♥ 34 kids; Dry Ridge, Kentucky 12391 posts
9th Jan '13
Quoting meggg+J&B♥:" when i had my eye exam they offered to do my sons because it was covered by the province so i said ok, ... [snip!] ... apparently lol better then some adults with perfect vision the dr said. im jealous lol i cant see anything without my glasses!"


Aw that's good!!! That's how my daughter is...she's got great vision!
I'm not sure my son would be able to do it though...he can't really identify a lot of things just yet, we're still working on it.




I'm like you, can't see anything without the glasses. lol It sucks.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
9th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ashley Jean ♥:</b>" Ah ok, makes sense. Thank you! I'm just afraid he's going to have eye sight like me...and that's not good at all! Figured I better get him checked out before he starts getting worse."</blockquote>




That's what I did. I took dd at age 2 for the first time a s a precaution because I had a lazy eye as a child and had surgery and stuff. So I wanted to catch it early if she had the same issue. She was fine then. Then at age 4 she failed her eye test at school so I took her and she got glasses to see things far away. I'll have to probably take her soon to check her script. She really only needs them at group times at school or when the teacher writes on the board. She can do desk work without them. I leave them at school for her but I honestly don't think she wears them. She tells me she doesn't. But idk.

Ally-Mama of 2Boys &1Girl 3 kids; Lorain, Ohio 15663 posts
9th Jan '13

try to find a pedi eye doc. or one that others have taking their small kids to. I took my son to a eye masters in the mall that fool tried to tell me my son need bifocals velcroed to his head 24-7 and that hes so blind he should of had glasses since birth.... even tho I TOLD him he didn't know all the stuff he was showing him. went to a pedi eye doc and he showed him shapes and colors and little things like horses ect and just looked said he didn't need him to tell him what he could n couldn't see and he did so well he only needs glasses for reading.

nz mum of 2 Due March 28 (boy); 2 kids; Wellington, New Zealand 74 posts
9th Jan '13

that might be why he is a bit delayed tho coz he cant see things to identify them preoperly. so it may help alot if he get glasses.

Ashley Jean ♥ 34 kids; Dry Ridge, Kentucky 12391 posts
9th Jan '13
Quoting Ally-Mama of 2Boys &1Girl:" try to find a pedi eye doc. or one that others have taking their small kids to. I took my son to a eye ... [snip!] ... doc and he showed him shapes and colors and little things like horses ect and he did so well he only needs glasses for reading."


Oh we have a good one!
I take my daughter to him. He's a family eye doctor but he specializes in pedi. He's great. :)



And that's crazy!

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
9th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ally-Mama of 2Boys &1Girl:</b>" try to find a pedi eye doc. or one that others have taking their small kids to. I took my son to a eye ... [snip!] ... looked said he didn't need him to tell him what he could n couldn't see and he did so well he only needs glasses for reading."</blockquote>



I agree. Do a local family optometrist or a specific pedi one. I use a local family practice and they are way better with children.