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22Fruitmincepies

I took 6yo DD to get her eyes checked, as her teacher mentioned that she was having trouble seeing the board when she was sitting at the back of the classroom, and finding it much easier to see when moved to the front. 

So, the optometrist says she’s long sighted, and needs glasses for reading and close work. But that doesn’t seem to make sense for her to see the board when closer vs further away! 

A friend told me that I should take her to an ophthalmologist instead as optometrists just want to sell you glasses. 

So now I’m feeling terribly confused about it all. Please enlighten me! 

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JomoMum

Definitely get a referral to a Paediatric Opthalmologist 👍

In our experience, optometrists just sell glasses. 

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Moukmouk

My optometrist is excellent, but I know him well and he is independent. He’s also the one the ophthalmologists see. With small children, it really is worthwhile getting a paediatric ophthalmologist consultation. Maybe you could get a second optometrist opinion while you are waiting? I was the kid who couldn’t see the board and I’m short sighted. 

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BusbyWilkes

My child, at around that age, had difficulty adjusting between close and far tasks. It took time to adjust, and was temporarily blurry, so slowed them down when completing work. 
Glasses for a couple of years Made a big difference, and then outgrew it.

Could it be that she gets distracted more at the back of the class or finds it harder to remember what she’s seen to do her work, rather than just a straight visual issue.

IMO, optometrists for kids are not all created equal. Some are great, but some much less so. There are a couple of good ones near-ish to you. PM me if you want specifics.

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Green Sage

Doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion. Our child health nurse recommended our optometrist for DS, who was 3.5 at the time. They have a lot more tools that help them test kids eye sight. 
 

If it’s a straight forward prescription, you could even get a cheap, off the shelf, pair of glasses from the reject shop or something, and just let her try them for a while. Let her decide if they help. 

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TheGreenSheep

DS has used a paediatric Opthalmologist when he was a toddler and unable to read, so they used shapes etc, didn’t need it for too long. We also go to an optometrist who specializes in children, they’re a lovely team who look after us. 

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PocketIcikleflakes

DD is 5 and struggles to adjust between close and far distances making her eyes tired and fuzzy and lead to headaches. She has glasses to use in class only that have a script for close work and non script at the top for distance as it's close things that take more effort for her to focus on. It did affect reading the board as well though because of having to focus consciously and eye tiredness.

I'm happy with the optometrist's option but there's really no harm in getting second opinions.

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22Fruitmincepies

Thanks everyone, we will get a second opinion from a paediatric ophthalmologist. I went with the glasses from the optician, so we will see how that goes while we wait for a specialist appointment to double check. 

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