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Any optometrists or parents with eye test experience about?

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RaggedBunny Thu 19-Oct-17 16:23:47

DD (6) had an eye test in the summer, after complaining abut difficulty seeing the whiteboard and the lights affecting her eyes.

Optomestrist did exam, and exam with drops, and said that she is short sighted and needs glasses, but to come back in a few days for another exam.

Second exam he said they were not as bad as he thought, come back in a few weeks.

Today's exam was back to short sighted and needs glasses, but called in a colleague for a second opinion, who originally agreed, then disagreed.

All a little awkward, as second optometrist totally took over and booked her in for another appointment next week with him.

He explained that her muscles are visibly spasming, meaning that they are getting completely different results each time they look.

Does anyone have any experience of this? Is this normal? I can't really go for an appointment every week, would like it sorted if possible!

AveEldon Thu 19-Oct-17 16:31:10

Where was the test? High st opticans or the hospital?

RaggedBunny Thu 19-Oct-17 16:34:27

High street

underneaththeash Thu 19-Oct-17 16:35:43

I suspect you had a pre-registration optom (basically a trainee who has completed 3/4 years of their optometry degree but not yet done professional exams) and supervisor.
I also suspect they think she has pseudo-myopia, which means that her eyes are actually making themselves short-sighted. Often if this is suspected you need to use slightly stronger drops than usual abs it's not very common, so the supervisor wanted to sort it out themselves.

starfishmummy Thu 19-Oct-17 16:37:42

Yes. My son has very variable tests. The high st optician (the one I use so I think they are ok).referred him to the hospital.

AveEldon Thu 19-Oct-17 16:38:24

I would ask for a hospital referral when you go next week

RaggedBunny Thu 19-Oct-17 17:05:30

Thank you. Is pseudo-myopia treatable?

GreenTulips Thu 19-Oct-17 17:08:02

I think the eye mussels are so used to being strained that it's difficult for them to relax and get a decent r adding

DD had glasses and then retest every 6 months when her eyes stopped over reacting and they could take a decent reading

underneaththeash Thu 19-Oct-17 19:05:58

Yes ragged - its just usually a case of getting the right prescription.

RaggedBunny Thu 19-Oct-17 19:10:24

I see, thanks under. I feel a bit bad because I assumed the difference between the first two exams was her putting it on in order to get glasses. Seems like perhaps she couldn't control what was happening with her eyes?

SofiaAmes Thu 19-Oct-17 19:16:50

Sounds like your dd has real (though not necessarily serious or untreatable) issues that should be seen by a specialist.
Get a referral to a hospital from your gp. I did when my ds was 3 (which was 13 years ago). A proper pediatric ophthalmologist saw him and did a bunch of tests and he was diagnosed with astigmatism (treated with glasses) and Brown's Syndrome (lazy eye muscle which you generally grow out of). Ds grew out of both and stopped needing glasses by the time he was 6.

HelenaJustina Thu 19-Oct-17 19:19:44

See your GP and ask for a referral to your local hospital opthamology department. They were the only ones to pick up DD1s visual problems, though she has now been discharged to a high-street optician for continued care.

RaggedBunny Thu 19-Oct-17 20:32:49

@underneaththeash are you an optometrist? Do you think I need to seek a hospital referral? Seems a bit extreme to me? Thank you everyone

dementedpixie Thu 19-Oct-17 20:44:47

Dd was under orthoptist care at the hospital until around age 8. Its quite normal for that age group

Skyechasemarshalsfanmum Thu 19-Oct-17 21:51:32

My 6 year old has been under hospital care for his eyes since he was 2. He doesnt need glasses but his eyes are not 100 percent always so they see him every 4 months incase he does begin to have vision problems (he has autism and cannot tell us so not sure if they are being over cautious or if its normal).

SofiaAmes Thu 19-Oct-17 21:59:09

The reason you are going to a hospital isn't because your child is severely ill (which is generally the case for other types of things), but rather because they have the specialists (and equipment) who know how to assess eye issues in a child. Once you have had the assessment, you may not need to go back. We only went the once for the assessment and then everything else was handled by the optometrist.
My ds turned out to have a genetic disease which has some weird eye related side-effects, so we occasionally have to go back to an ophthalmologist, but we're in the USA now, so it doesn't happen at a hospital.

Wants Thu 19-Oct-17 22:19:04

I took my Ds for high street check up. They asked him to come back for drops. After that app they referred him to the hospital. Hospital said no prescription yet. Went back to high street for 6 months review and they prescribed glasses for short sightedness. We go back to the hospital next month. So it does sometimes take a few visits to make the right call.

underneaththeash Thu 19-Oct-17 22:22:53

OP - no, I suspect that you don't need a referral (although I obviously don't have all the info!). Although the optometrist will refer next time if he/she is not getting a good enough rx...which is unlikely.

Yes - I'm an optom.

RaggedBunny Thu 19-Oct-17 22:30:30

Thank you so much flowers

SofiaAmes Fri 20-Oct-17 00:15:57

I want to back up underneaththeash and make clear that there are excellent optometrists out there who are perfectly capable of doing assessments. When we got to the USA, we found a very very good optometrist who was able to manage all of ds' assessments without a referral. It was only when we had to switch to another optometrist because of insurance changes that after that we had to go to an ophthalmologist for anything unusual.

starfishmummy Fri 20-Oct-17 15:33:56

ragged my son was referred to the hospital because it takes too long to test him. He just gets the same tests as at the high street opticians but as it can take an hour to test him they can spend that time. I imagine most high street opticians need.t

to see two or three people in that time to make it commercially viable

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