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

(914 Posts)
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.

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?

kittykp8 Wed 19-Feb-14 14:34:21

Hello don't know if anyone can help me but my daughter has multiple additional needs and I am in process of filling in a dla renewal. My question is would she have a certificate of visual impairment for being long sighted in both eyes and a squint in her right eye? In process of doing patch therapy. I have tried contacting hosp and doesn't have another appt for awhile and need to send forms off. Thanks for reading x

Elderberri Sun 16-Feb-14 20:20:15

I am not qualified in any way. But I have been through this. You need a referred to the hospital. The squint can mean a few things. It could mean that the one eye has taken over from the other eye as the eye with the squint could be lazy.

You need to see someone asap, to to get the ball rolling as appointment can take months, if there is a lazy eye, the treatment after 7 is not very sucessful.

But you need to understand whats going on.

I also had a squint and a lazy eye as a child. Cheeky has not been on this thread for ages.

mumof3nomore Sun 16-Feb-14 19:48:02

My 5 years old daughter has recently said her eyes where sore when watching tv so I took her straight to opticians where they said she needs glasses as she slightly short sighted . 3 months later it looks like she's developed a squint ??? How comes

hula121 Wed 12-Feb-14 18:24:02

Hi CheekyGinger,

It is so kind of you to have opened this post. Never did I think I would be looking up lazy eye as a new mom.

My daughter is 14 months and just this past week she was sick with a cold and is also teething when I noticed her right eye drift outward. Since she first did it, I observed her obsessively and noticed that she does this when she is daydreaming, tired and looking distantly without much thought. She also began to rub her eyes during the day.. or I am just noticing it more. I started looking it up online and am sick to my stomach thinking of only the worst case scenarios of her living with a constant lazy eye or something .. and the best case scenario of her needing glasses at such a young age or surgery isn't easy to swallow also.

I don't know if I am now over obsessing but now when I look at her I feel like the right isn't the problem but the left is the one that is going inward.. I can't tell... she runs her left eye more.

Also, she had right torticollis if that's related? And her left eye tear duct has frequent clogs since birth. So many thoughts are running through my mind. She was full term 39 weeks and 7.1lbs. Developing fine except her weight and height is 25th percentile. Had her eye checked VET at 7 months and no problems.

My husband's side of the family has poor vision but I don't think any strambius. I keep thinking I did something wrong like when she fell and hit her head.

I have an appt this week with a pediatric opthamologist but in the meantime panicked, worried, and sad about this whole thing.

Is there a chance she can correct her vision thru glasses? Will he lazy eye get worse and become constant?

Thank you,

sruthi Wed 22-Jan-14 04:37:30

i have eye a pregnant..will my baby get eye sight??
wat to do??
solution pls

pandy2009 Wed 22-Jan-14 03:37:26

Hi Everyone,
We adopted our daughter at 14 months and she was born with cataract. She had an eye operation at 19 months to remove cataract and insert with power lens. She is 8 years old and only have 15% vision on her right eye and no longer can have full vision. She has astigmatism, long and short sight on her right eye as well. The specialist said that is all the vision she will have. Any possibility of alternate treatment for her eye?

Appreciate all your help and comments.


PrincessMia Tue 21-Jan-14 17:02:02

Hi...Thank you so much in advance. My little girl (3 in March) got glasses today for the first time. She has +2.5 in both eyes according to her prescription. She was fine with wearing them as 2 of older brothers also have glasses(one has an astigmatism and the other farsighted) that was until she started to watch tv.......she says it's all fuzzy and backways. Not sure what she means by that by they were her words. Is it normal for things to look blurry at first and will it take time for her to get used to them??? Thanks again for any advice you can give smile

Pinklemon Fri 17-Jan-14 09:47:43

In case someone has experience this, I'll post my question here. Do your children see colours at night?

sazzlefrazzle Thu 16-Jan-14 14:14:57


Just had sons eyes tested by high street optician as he has a little squint, worse when tired and constantly complaining headaches, blinking rubbing eyes etc..... He is eight year old and told has to wear glasses all the time prescription R +1.25 Ds L 0.75 Ds
Not really sure about long term etc as a little shocked on the day and didn't ask any other questions - what does this mean and is it long term should he be seen in a special clinic or is the high street optician all that is needed.

CheekyChimpsMummy Mon 13-Jan-14 16:11:52

DS has just been prescribed glasses -0.75 in both eyes following numerous tests at the opticians. The optician went back and forth about whether to give him glasses or not (his concentration isn't the best and got bored easily during the test)

He says that the glasses make things look really large and a bit blurry so now I'm worried his prescription is wrong and will be doing more damage than good to his eyes

mosaica Sun 12-Jan-14 16:41:36

Hi, thank you for helping us all! My little girl is 18 months all and from birth, one of her eyes appears bigger than the other. The top lid in her "smaller" eye does not seem to open up her eye as much as the other. This is sometimes very noticeable and others not so much.

I have mentioned it it two separate GPs and they think she is just asymmetric in that respect. But after reading about this issue, I get the impression it could be ptosis. If so, is there anything we can do about it, can it be corrected in any way? If not, would surgery be an option in later life, perhaps?

focuson Fri 10-Jan-14 22:10:50

Hi enorbert hope you got some answers from hospital just seen this and thought congenital cataracts .. Our ds exact same now 7 has had ops for cataracts and doing Okish

Onelittlebugbear Fri 10-Jan-14 07:46:08

My ds (4) had his eye test at school yesterday and came out with a letter saying:

There is reduced vision in both eyes
The eyes sometimes turn in (have never noticed this so feel bad!)
There is a very slight weakness when using both eyes together

No one in the family wears glasses - parents, cousins, grandparents are all glasses free so to speak to we were quite shocked and now I'm worrying that it's done sort of terrible eye disorded that will cause him to go blind!

He's been referred to the eye hospital. The problem seems to be distance I think, reading etc seems to be ok. I did a very crude eye test where I wrote some small letters on some paper and he sat several metres away. He couldn't read all the letters with one eye covered. The right eye was weaker than the left.

What will happen? Will he have to wear glasses all the time and forever?

Verysad123 Fri 10-Jan-14 03:42:11

Hi ginger
We have been told that my 6yr dd has eyesight of -7 in the left eye & -1.75 in the right...I've been worried to sick ever since,is there anything that can be done...

Floridamom Thu 09-Jan-14 05:40:45

My DD just turned 7 and we found she is nearsighted for one eye only. Doc prescribed glasses for her with 1.25 for one eye and the other for 0.25. She is able to read the snellen chart lines 20/10 or 20/20 with both eyes. We saw the difference in her reading when she read the chart when one eye is covered. Can someone help me understand if this is myopia or lazy eye. Do I need to see another doc for a second opinion. Please advice.

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