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Lazy eye, squints, glasses etc.....

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cheekyginger Thu 01-Sep-11 22:38:05

Im an orthoptist (binocular vision specialist) and a mummy.

I thought i would start this thread in case anyone was wanting any advice, re-assurance, opinions about any eye problems that you wee ones are having.

vtpro Wed 13-Apr-16 10:16:37

We know a lot more about myopia nowadays. Much more myopes are environmental than genetic which is the opposite of what we were taught. I can't over emphasise the need to have the regular breaks from near work and make sure child doesn't hold thing too close (google the Harmon distance for the correct distance).
Oh, and yes, every high street optician should have a retinoscope. Try to find a child friendly one though!

minipie Wed 13-Apr-16 09:42:46

Thanks vtpro. Would a regular high street optician have a retinoscope?

Gosh that sounds like the opposite of my childhood - I didn't play outdoors much and was glued to my books for hours on end. Interesting that that may have contributed. I did get told at one point that my myopia is down to unusually large eyeballs (?) but guess all the reading didn't help.

vtpro Wed 13-Apr-16 02:25:38

You can get a reasonably accurate test with a retinoscope at just a few weeks of age (without needing any replies from the child this is about 90% accurate). 100% accuracy depends on the child but around the range of 4-6 years old. If you have high myopia a good understanding of good visual hygiene with your children is important. Lots of outdoor play, regular breaks for near work (iPad's books etc - remember the 20/20/20 rule - every 20 minutes have a 20 second break from close work and look 20 metres away). Inheritance isn't everything - we know now that the environment plays a far greater role than we used to realise.

minipie Tue 12-Apr-16 22:59:24

Hello vtpro and hotandbothered thanks for offering to advise.

I have a fairly basic question - what age can a reliable eye test be done on a young child? I am very short sighted (-9 and astigmatism too) and I would like to know whether either of my DDs has inherited my poor sight.

hotandbothered24 Tue 12-Apr-16 22:44:54

I'm another orthoptist so happy to answer any questions

vtpro Tue 12-Apr-16 00:18:33

I've followed this thread on and off over the last few years but it looks like the initiator no longer contributes. I'm an eye care professional and found this thread really good and will try to reactivate and answer any questions. There's been a lot of updated research on lazy eyes and squint (strabismus) over the last few years and management is changing as we learn more. For example, we always considered 7 or 8 as the latest we were able to treat a lazy eye. We no longer accept that and the PEDIG studies have shown good results at least to the age of 17. I will try to check in from time to time but, in the meantime there is a really good FaceBook page that has been set up called Vision Therapy Parents Unite which is simply fantastic, so you could try checking in there too. Best wishes!

Medee Sun 13-Mar-16 22:05:10

I'm lead to expect my daughter to always wear glasses.

Smitamit Mon 07-Mar-16 12:03:53

Are u their, my hope.. please tell me are glasses prescribed for throughout the life to correct squint?

arwa Wed 06-Jan-16 14:23:05

Thank you for this thread.

I would be grateful for your advice on vision therapy and eye exercise for squint. My daughter is 5 now. She has had convergent squint for 18 months. This has been getting worse despite compliance with glasses (hypermetropic) and daily patching for 2-3 hours for the last 10 months. We have been told by the ophthalmologist that she will need surgery, which will only be for cosmetic reasons. i forgot to mention that her amblyopia has improved with patching. I feel that we won't have anything to loose by trying eye exercise first, as long as delaying surgery won't impact her chance in developing binocular vision.

Medee Fri 11-Dec-15 13:18:42

Not sure if anyone is still following this thread. My daughter had corrective surgery for her squint in June. She still wears glasses and we patch one hour per day. I've been noticing that her weaker eye now seems to squinting out the way rather than in the way as previously. We are due back to the hospital in January, but wondered if anyone else has experienced that post surgery. She had bilateral corrections in both eyes. I thought I was maybe just imagining it, but over lunch there it was very noticeable.

Have any experience with amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (squint)? Then you might be interested in the ASTEROID project of Newcastle University. The Asteroid research team is currently developing a new method of detection and treatment.
Asteroid is a 3D vision test on a glasses-free 3D tablet into the form of an interactive game. This makes your child's eye test fun whilst giving clinicians accurate data on your child's vision.
More information about this test is available at this link
or look for Asteroid- Newcastle University on Facebook and twitter.
We would greatly appreciate any feedback on this method and if you are available/ near the Newcastle- Gateshead area, there is an upcoming event on the 27th June at the Great North Children's hospital when you can try Asteroid for yourself, see

lolalotta Mon 27-Apr-15 05:38:38

Seramya just incase this is any help my friends daughter has worn glasses from about the same age and I just wanted to recommend miraflex glasses, google image them, they are so sweet and unbreakable. If you contact the company they will be able to tell you where your nearest stockist is!

sramya Mon 27-Apr-15 05:17:50

Hi Cheeky ginger, Thanks for being generous in providing your expertise reply. My daughter is 7 months old and has been diagnosed for squint on both her eyes(more on her right eye) and her vision for +4 and +3.
She is prescribed for glasses for +4 and I feel so bad for making her wear glasses at this young age.
My curiosity to know when can she clear her vision problems (both squint and power problem) please provide your suggestion.

Minisoksmakehardwork Wed 15-Apr-15 21:12:15

My dd1 is a +6.5 in both lenses. But only has one lazy eye so that the lenses match makes sense to me.

Ds2 has two lazy eyes and I'm not sure of his prescription. But I think they're both the same at the moment.

sarahloveshackney Tue 14-Apr-15 12:14:16

Apologies if this is too old a post, I received my 3yo DS prescription this morning but I am being an over worrying parent. He has a lazy left eye that we were told was due to far sightedness but the prescription is +2.25 for both eyes, we will be patching his good eye for 4 hours a day, but does this sound correct? I thought the bad eye would have a different prescription. TIA!

DannieKitten Tue 27-Jan-15 19:27:39


My son has been wearing glasses for over 3 years now. He was diagnosed with a squint before he was 3. He was 9 weeks premature. We've been through it all with him, patches starting at 12 hours a day and eventually onto atropine when he started school and really took a dislike to the patches.

Today we went back for an eye test and was told that his 'good' eye was significantly worse than the last time he had an eye test (a year ago). She didn't really give any reason for this and proceeded to make the prescription, telling us we would see our usual optometrist in 6 weeks who would see whether they are working. She has warned me that he may complain about not being able to see with his new glasses.

Whats worrying me really is this: We have always done what they said, to the letter, and there have been a few times where his good eye has declined whilst his bad eye barely improved. When this happened we would stop patching for 6 weeks, under the optometrists advice. Have we done my son a disservice? His new prescription is +6.25 good eye and +7.5 bad eye. I don't know what his last one was now, as the optician has kept it. They always told us that we had until he was 7 to fix this squint, which seemed like ages away at the time, but is now just a year away and we feel further from it than ever before.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Rokie Tue 06-Jan-15 14:49:42

I am 21 years old I have hade a squinted eye ever since birth, have never tried any treatment. I was wondering if the glasses treatment would work on me. Thank you!

I don't think cheekyginger comes on this thread any more

rikihamster Fri 02-Jan-15 10:39:57

hoping for some advice. My daughter has been having problems reading the board at school. Visited the opticians and they could not get an accurate presciption. Tried again today after using Cyclopentolate drops but still had no success. Optician is now referring her to the hospital to see a specialist. All she told me was not to worry but of course I am!! Has anyone had a similar experince or can give some advice on what may be causing her problem. My daughter is 11 and dyslexic too.

lettysmudger1 Tue 09-Dec-14 19:22:01

Hi Cheeky Ginger........My son is 12 years old and has a lazy left eye of -3.75 and a rather bad stimatism. He wears glasses daily, but is a keen sportman, especially Cricket. He is going into a county league next year nd is keen to get contact lenses. Our optician has now tried twice, first correcting the lazy eye only with one lense, which ended in him nearly collapsing from Dizziness and today correcting both eyes, which did not improve his eyesight but made 'peoples outlines' go fuzzy?? Optician thinks he cannot wear lenses this true??? I am a contact lense wearer and find this hard to believe that there is no other option??? Could you please let me know your proffesional thoughts as I have one sad boy!! Thankyou x

frowner Tue 02-Dec-14 13:14:58


My daughter is 7 and has started to get a lot of headaches. I've taken her for an eye test and the optician said she has convergence insufficiency and gave us some exercises to help her. We are to go back in 3 months. The headaches are getting increasingly worse, do you think I need to go to the GP in case there is something else going on? Many thanks.

Fullsteamahead Sun 05-Oct-14 22:40:42

Would like to bump this thread up and see if cheeky reappears, I've also got a question.

princess1023 Thu 26-Jun-14 18:58:38

hi mom of 3.5 year dd left eye ball moves to the corner towards nose and stays there for fracion of sec n becomes normal issue with right eye .....consulted doc .........they told squint eye and recommended for glasses with+5 power ..............should i have a second opinion or go for glasses.........please help ......worried mom............

Chaester11 Sun 16-Mar-14 22:34:05

My d is 4 and teachers are worried about her eye sight as she stands away from her book to read and left eye turns in at time, what do you think?

marinastephany Sat 22-Feb-14 18:55:14

Good afternoon, i also have a question. My now 6 and a half year old son was diagnosed with the lazy eye in October of 2013..after going and getting him tested at the first ophthalmologist who we had realized wasn't good and has done a wrong measurement and had given our son a wrong prescription for glasses...we then changed and went to another doctor after 2 months of wrong diagnosis and no after going to a more qualified Dr, she told us that he has the lazy eye and that he is long sighted. His problematic eye is the right one 7.75 which also has the squint and the left is his good eye with 4.5. so we got him his 3rd pair of glasses and started a treatment with atropine for a month where we used to put a drop in the good eye(left) and patching 2 hours daily so as for the bad eye to start to focus whist of course wearing his glasses. what started to concern me was as i ask my son how his vision is doing on a daily i m extremely concerned about this problem...he says to me that his vision is now better but he sees darker on his right eye(the problematic eye) than he does from his left eye the good whats that???i cannot understand is this part of the process of getting his eye better?or is their another problem i should be more concerned about? And one last question regarding my other two their a possibility my other two kids would have the same problem as my eldest?

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