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kristylee21

DD6 has been behind at school since about half way through kindergarten(now in yr 1, nsw) earlier this year the teachers and learning support teacher suggested that we get her hearing, eyes and speech tested. Unfortunately not long after than conversation covid hit and I couldn't get her in anywhere for anything.

So we've finally been able to start getting appointment and we had her eyes tested today at just a local spec saver. Eye test came back that she has Compound anisometropia. Where she is short sighted in both eyes but her left is significally worse than her right. Script is something like 1.25 in her right and 4.5 in her left. He suggested glasses at the moment. And re visit in 3 months and possibly need to patch her stronger eye for a few hrs a day.

Admittedly we don't know much about optometry as neither my DP, our eldest Dd or I have any eye problems. But my sister and dad both go through an optometrist that was our neighbor throughout my childhood. They were both shocked to hear we didn't use him, and are suggesting I should switch over to him rather than the one at spec savers. I quite liked the one we saw today, he explained it all really well to both me and my DD. But is it worth going through a different one because I know him personally???

Would love any opinions. This is a whole new world to me.

Thanks

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xx1stxx

Spec savers are useless, use an independent optometrist. I've had nothing but issue with both myself and my son when attempting to go the 'cheaper' route, so much so my son now has to see an opthamologist due to spec savers not picking up quite a severe issue. They are just a production line, tick and flick.

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MsLaurie

You get good optometrists in every setting. If you’re unsure then of course get a second opinion, but don’t write off a clinician you’re happy with just because they happen to be employed by a large chain.

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tinselfoil hat

I have to ask, are you in Brisbane? There is an optometrist who did her PHD in treating anisometropia who I can vouch for because she and her colleagues treat DD for the same. It’s a kids practice. Otherwise, I recommend phoning around the independent optometrist and asking what they offer for kids. Ask what they do differently for kids testing and how many kids frames they offer etc.

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BornToLove

The problem with spec savers and OPSM is the inconsistency and quality of each exam. You probably won’t get the same optometrist in three months and they might not be as through or helpful for ongoing treatment.

 

I personally see an independent optometrist. I have a personal and family history of eye and vision problems, so it’s important that I have someone I know and trust when I get my eyes checked. The optometrist I see is also very patient and through with kids so I had no concerns about DD going there too.

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José

I'd be considering a referral to an ophthalmologist in your case.

Patching typically only gives results if done prior to age 8, if that's what needs to happen you best get on it! I'd be looking for an expert opinion I think.

GP can refer.

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ipsee

This sort of thing usually needs 6 monthly or annual visits until they are about 14. It is nice to have one optometrist or opthalmologist (specialist) looking after them for that time.

 

I'd get the glasses, and see if your GP thinks you need to see an opthalmologist. If so make an appointment, as there could be a wait.

 

Patching to build strength in the weaker eye works best before age 8, although they do it after that now in some kids.

 

I hope the glasses make a difference for her!

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GreenEgg

OP ask around any friends or family that have kids with glasses. Otherwise ringing you closest paediatric opthomologist for a recommendation. DS has had some issues in the past and it’s definitely worth finding someone you trust

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Green Sage

I’d see your GP for a referral to a specialist, simply because she is so young, and that’s a strong prescription.

 

For my son though, we got a referral to an optometrist from our child health nurse, one that specialises in kids. Which was good, cause DS was 3.5, and refused to talk. So that took special kid-communication skills to get a script for him. She did it mostly by shining a light into his eye, through the lenses. Also, they have a huge range of kids frames.

 

But if your daughter is good at communicating, then one optometrist will be just as good as another and there is nothing wrong with specsavers. I’ve seen heaps of different optometrists myself, I am not loyal to any, and they all have been as good as each other and all give me the same prescription in the end. I buy my glasses online now too.

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