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Does anyone know about prescription strengths in lenses for children's glasses?

(15 Posts)
mynaughtylittlesister Tue 09-Aug-11 23:24:44

DD has worn glasses for a couple of years - sorry can't remember what her last prescription was. But it had def changed from the last 12 months.

Today her prescription was -3.25 in her left eye and her right eye was -3.00

Is this strong?

Tidybush Tue 09-Aug-11 23:30:04

It's certainly enough that your DD would struggle without glasses.

How old is your DD?

Mine are 17 and 14yo and have prescriptions of -0.25/.050 and wear glasses for seeing the board/screen at school to sharpen the image.

Until I had laser surgery mine was -6.00 and I was as blind as a bat.

Tidybush Tue 09-Aug-11 23:30:55

.050 -0.50

mynaughtylittlesister Tue 09-Aug-11 23:39:02

DD is 13 - each time she goes to opticians she needs stronger lenses. Bless her !

Thanks

startail Tue 09-Aug-11 23:39:13

DD is -2.5/-3 and she needs her glasses to watch tv across the room. She now actually wears them. This seems to be the point at which they make a difference to things other than the board at school.
I'm -5.5 and I need my specs to do anything.
I think -6 on is considered pretty strong.

mynaughtylittlesister Tue 09-Aug-11 23:41:59

I thought that the lady testing today seemed rather stroppy with DD when she couldn't read the first set of letters - she kept telling DD just to guess but DD wouldn't - she said she could not see them.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 09-Aug-11 23:43:44

Dd is ten and -8.0

mynaughtylittlesister Tue 09-Aug-11 23:45:33

Also she does a lot of dance shows and the dance sch always encourage them to take their glasses off for the show. This has always been a bug bear of mine as in if she need glasses then so be it!

mynaughtylittlesister Tue 09-Aug-11 23:46:14

crumbs viva that is seems a lot stronger than DD!

JarethTheGoblinKing Tue 09-Aug-11 23:48:10

I was the same at about 13, mine got as bad as -4.50 and -4.75 (could focus about arms length away from my face) when it settled down.

I did PE and everything as normal when it was -3.75 though, it was just TV and the board that I used glasses for. I just about managed cycling without them, but wouldn't advise it grin

Mine were probably worse than that at that age. I am am now -6/-6.5

I got contacts at 14 and it was the best thing I ever did smile

Mind you, glasses were ugly 'national healthies' back then grin

kittensliveupstairs Wed 10-Aug-11 07:47:11

DD is 10 now, her script has gone from -1.25 to -6 in four or five years.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Aug-11 07:57:17

Optician told me that children's vision will get worse until they stop growing. Normally stabilises early 20s or late teens.

HeidiHole Wed 10-Aug-11 07:59:31

I was the same at 13. Now -6.5 and -7.5

I got contacts at 13 for occasional use. Maybe wear them fir dance?

jubilee10 Wed 10-Aug-11 18:49:37

Just checking ds2's. It says R +3.25, L +4.75. He is longsighted.

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