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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    They most certainly do! Just wondering how you knew she needed glasses that young?
    One of dd's eye's started developing a squint (turning in) about 6 months but before this I thought she was a very clumsy baby. She is very far sighted and had already undergone eye surgery earlier this year to have her eye straightened but because of her strong prescription she will no doubt be in glasses for life. We also patch one eye 4-6 hrs a day to help strengthen the other eye.

    Kids eyesight is a little like wet cement. Before 8 yrs old you have plenty of time to correct it and most kids with the right treatment, improve their sight and only have to wear glasses until then. But once they reach 8 yrs their sight "hardens" and there is less chance for improvement.... so the younger you start treatment the better....

    Also we see a paediatric Ophthalomogist rather than an optomitrist.... Which I strongly recommend if you do suspect any sight issues.

    Neither dh,ds or I wear or need glasses...so it came as a shock. I'm happy to give advice on good and comfortable small frames and a great Ophthalomogist in brisbane if anyone needs...
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    Do you mean the StEPS screening in NSW?

    Yep, my daughter did. she was 6/12 in each eye. We took her to the optometrist to confirm the results, as the nurse said sometimes kids get nervous and the result isn't accurate.

    The result was correct for my daughter, and she now wears glasses (short-sighted).

    We elected not to do the StEPS screening for my second daughter and took her straight to the optometrist. The optometrist found that she was slightly long-sighted - not enough to need any treatment (he said she'll grow out of it). He did say that she would have failed the StEPS screening though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    These were his results
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    I'm no expert. Generally you go by the number with either the plus or minus in front of it indicating whether they are long or short sighted. + means farsighted and the higher the number the more far sighted (eg it can be +.25 or +6.00) and a minus indicates nearsightedness (eg -1.00).

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    It's great that it was picked up before he starts school! (Glasses wearer over here)

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    My Nephew was recently. He was sent to a an optometrist who confirmed lazy eye and far sighted (3+ I think!)
    No history what so ever of childhood sight issues. He's adapted really well now but it took a lot to convince him to wear his glasses, only after months of encouraging does he wear them all day now. He has cool Lego ones which he picked and is super cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Thanks everyone

    I've got a gp appointment Thursday for a referral and he's getting his needles then as well.

    I might also take him to optometrist and see what they say.
    My son kind of did. They tested him at kindy and then recommended I go for a more thorough assessment. When I took him to the optometrist with his previous results they said they had to check that his eyes were working together rather than independently, which I gather can be difficult to assess in young kids. Turned out that my son was fine, though it was explained to me that there is a 'critical period' for this type of problem which is the very reason they test kindy kids these days. If it's not picked up and treated by 6 yrs old then treatment options are limited.

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    My eldest DD who is 7, failed her Preschool screening eye test at 4 years old and we had no idea she even had sigh issues before then. We were referred to an Orthoptist first, and then onto a Paediatric Ophthalmologist who told us she had significant sight issues and that she needed to wear glasses for life, so we were sooo grateful for the 4 year old screening, because we had no idea and nor did our daughter, as being so young she didn't know any different.

    I will admit, when we were told my daughter needed glasses I had a little cry, I was worried about her possibly being teased, how she would feel being at School with glasses, being a girl and knowing what girls *can* be like about their looks/beauty I was upset for her, but apart from a few little incidences, she has been great! I love her funky bright glasses and everywhere she goes she is complimented on them because they're so bright and funky. The funny thing is now, we think she looks odd when she doesn't have them on (bath time etc) as they're now such a part of her.

    (Edited to add: My eldest daughter had the Stepps 4 year old screening in NSW, but unfortunately we're now living interstate and that screening doesn't happen here, so I will have to get the other girls checked in case they have similar issues).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    My son failed his yesterday

    Going to gp Thursday.
    My eldest DS had his eyes test at 3.5 years he was blind in his left eye and short sighted in his right you have never have known besides the slight turning in of his left eye. I was devastated must have cried for days!


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    another that bawled my eyes out when my daughter got glasses at 12 months (worried about her being teased) so its perfectly normal reaction i think...

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