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#1 claptrap

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

If so, did you use a specialist optometrist with an interest in paediatrics, or just your local OPSM or Specsavers?


#2 FeralMama1

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:12 PM

My 8 year old's vision has been checked by a behavioural optometrist.

#3 jm3

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

QUOTE (proudmama1 @ 13/01/2013, 05:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My 8 year old's vision has been checked by a behavioural optometrist.


Same here.

#4 toosenuf

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:16 PM

just the local OPSM. 3yrs ago for DD2 she was in yr3 at the time.  She was bordering line needing classes, she was (and is) a prolific reader, but was having trouble completing her school work. the Optomatrist recommeded for her to not get them.

a week or so later, she was sitting at the kitche table and could not read a school notice that was on the noticeboard on the wall, DD1 and I could and DH could with his classes (also new) on.  DD2 put on Dh's classes and could read it.

Next day i took her back and insisted she get glasses, her schoolwork improved greatly, and soon reflected her abilites.

#5 Feraldadathome

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

DS9 first had an issue picked up at childcare by the Sydney Eye Hospital outreach program, and attended there for a couple of years. After a gap of a few years Dp took him to Specsavers, where he was prescribed glasses, and after 6 months new ones, as there ahd been a decline.

DS5 was screened via an outreach program, with no issues identified.

#6 Sunny003

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

I took DS1 to our local optometrist, who has experience with young children. He was 3.5. We were also referred to a behavioural optometrist, but not for an eye check, although he did double check his prescription.

DS2 had a check with same one due to DS1's eye problems, & DD will too when she's a bit older.

#7 JJ

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

Had DD tested recently because of some issues. We went to the local optometrist (not OPSM or Specsavers but something along those lines) and found them to be very thorough.

#8 ~flaxen~

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

Just the local optometrist, who then referred them on to a paediatric opthamologist. I took DS1 as he'd missed the eye screen that gets done at preschool and honestly thought there would be no problem as he was an early reader. DS2 was taken because of DS1.

#9 Coffeegirl

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:31 PM

DS and DD were both sceeened through an outreach program at long day care.   DD was fine, but they picked up a 'lazy eye' with DS.   I'd noticed it a bit but hadn't realise dit was that bad.   After 3-4 sessions at a local optomotrist and eye exercises at hime, his eye has straightened out.

I still take them every 2 years to be checked at OPSM or similar.

DD aloso had something similar to a sty, when she was around 2 which was monitored by a specialist to see if it went away on it's own.  Took about 6-8 mths but it dissolved without surgery

Edited by Coffeegirl, 13 January 2013 - 05:33 PM.


#10 IsolaBella

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

I take my kids to the local OPSM at 5yrs before they start school. No expectation if issues, just knowledge DH needed glasses in primary school.

When DS1 was tested at 5yrs as DS2 was calling out all the letters too, they tested him too at 3yrs.

DS1 has just been retested at 7yrs and all is still fine. DS2 has just been retested at 5.5 yrs and us showing slight issue. They have recommended he he tests in 1yr rather then 2. I also get them tested for colourblindness as my father is profoundly colourblind (I am also on the borderline between normal and colourblind vision.

DH is red green colourblind too so will also test DD before she starts school). I will get the kids to do the detailed colourblind test before they sart high school as my deficit is in tonal variations so it only became an issue in Art for mixing colours and Chemisty in describing colour results of tests. Better to know and have it documented then try and argue blind with teachers (my deficit was only picked up 5yrs ago although I long suspected. DHs deficit was nt picked up until he was starting work post Uni).



#11 claptrap

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

Thank you all so much for your replies.  DS (!0 years old, has ASD) has started squinting.  It is difficult for me to ascertain whether it's behavioural (he's seen on TV or in a movie that characters squint to see distances and has started to copy it) or whether he genuinely has difficulty seeing distances.  

I can't decide whether to go for the quick option and just go local, or seek out someone more experienced with children.

Any recommendations for eastern suburbs Melbourne gratefully received (via PM to comply with EB rules original.gif  )

#12 ~Mo+Moosh~

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

I initially had DS tested at my optometrist but wasn't happy the results were correct so took his to another local one who was recommended as being good with kids. She picked up that DS needed glasses and has been monitoring his vision for the past 10 months.

I will take my 3 year old soon to be tested.



#13 Foogle

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:58 PM

When DS was in Kindergarten, his teacher wrote me a note that mentioned she had some concerns that maybe DS had a 'tracking' problem.  

Given my eyesight history, we had him tested with my opthamologist and he got the all clear on all issues but I will continue to keep to an eye (pardon the pun) on him given, as I said, my history.  I am short-sighted coupled with glaucoma.  His next check is in 2 years.

If there is a history of eye problems in the family, then I think it is worth a check every few years or so.


#14 MarthaJones

Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

Our local optometrist that both DH and I use. She started complaining in the last term of last year that the black board was blurry. We thought she was joking because she has always had great vision.
She now wears glasses for distance and watching tv.

#15 threelittlegems

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:05 PM

DS1's eyes were tested by an eye specialist at the RCH. They were tested because he has had an organ transplant, is immuno suppressed, and had a virus which was giving him really bad conjuctivitis. They did the  eye test and he passed with flying colours.

Two months later his teachers commented he seemed to need glasses, and should get tested. We took him to OPSM and discovered he is short sighted and he has had glasses every since (two years ago).

I guess my point is, eye sight problems can come on really quickly in middle childhood, and with all the exposure we have to the medical world, I think OPSM and any of their ilk does as good a job with eye testing for short / long sightedness as a doctor would.

However, if there is an underlying medical condition causing the eye problems you need to see a doctor, and hopefully your optometrist would be able to tell you that!

Edited by threelittlegems, 13 January 2013 - 06:06 PM.


#16 kadoodle

Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

I have a congenital eye condition, so I requested paediatric opthamology appointments for my kids from the MCHN from the get go.

#17 ~ky~

Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:08 AM

I've taken both of my older kids, including DS with Aspergers, to just a regular optometrist since they were 3yo. They've always enjoyed the experience and I've always found the optometrists really patient with them.

DD has been wearing reading glasses since she was 5yo.

#18 Carmen02

Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:02 AM

DD had a turned eye so her problem was picked up real early and we only saw a regular optometrist mostly because thats all that was available where we lived (country WA) DS had his vision checked by a behavioural optometrist and was quite suprised he needed glasses! i make sure all kids get tested early due to DH needing glasses and DD

#19 imamumto3

Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:06 AM

QUOTE (proudmama1 @ 13/01/2013, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My 8 year old's vision has been checked by a behavioural optometrist.

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QUOTE (Foogle @ 13/01/2013, 06:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When DS was in Kindergarten, his teacher wrote me a note that mentioned she had some concerns that maybe DS had a 'tracking' problem.  

Given my eyesight history, we had him tested with my opthamologist and he got the all clear on all issues but I will continue to keep to an eye (pardon the pun) on him given, as I said, my history.  I am short-sighted coupled with glaucoma.  His next check is in 2 years.

If there is a history of eye problems in the family, then I think it is worth a check every few years or so.

ds got checked by an optometrist for tracking, who then sent him to an ophthalmologist who said there was no problem.  6 months later I still thought there was a problem, so took him to a behavioural optometrist who picked up a whole heap of issues.v for my dds I will take them straight to the behavioural optometrist.




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