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How would you know if your 2 year old have a vision problem?

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sally78 Thu 15-Oct-09 19:23:43

My DS almost 2 has sudddenly really got into drawing. Lovely, but I have noticed him looking very very very closely at the marks he is making. I am very short sighted. Bit worried, when and how would they test or AIBU worried?

wisterialane Thu 15-Oct-09 19:29:14

My DD has just started wearing glasses - picked up through a fairly obvious squint. They test eyes at this age through administering drops to dilate the pupil and measuring the refraction (or something like that!); so if you are concerned you could have a chat with your local optician?

However, I think this is usual behaviour to be honest - my DD (3yo) does the same despite being longsighted which should make her stand back from her drawings!

I wouldn't worry too much, but your optician might be able to put your mind at rest...

Seona1973 Thu 15-Oct-09 19:41:47

dd had a squint at 18 months so I went to the hv and she referred her to the orthoptist at the hospital. She was long sighted and ended up with glasses - they can test from a young age without needing to know letters, etc as they use picture instead and drops to dilate the pupil so they can look at the back of the eye. Some opticians deal with children so you could phone around and see if one could test your lo's eyes just to put your mind at rest.

sally78 Thu 15-Oct-09 19:48:46

Many thanks ladies!

LilyBolero Thu 15-Oct-09 19:49:54

If you're short sighted then I would ask your HV to refer to the orthoptist and opthalmologist for a vision check - much better to pick it up early!

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