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eye test - should I have my dc have one?

(5 Posts)
mousymouse Sun 25-Sep-11 09:41:43

just started reception.
mum farsighted, dad shortsighted.
no concerns so far.

Ebb Sun 25-Sep-11 11:20:46

Personally I would. Ds had a slight squint at around 9mths and Dp had eye problems as a child so we were under the orthoptist for regular checks. All fine until the last visit where we were then refered to the Optician. He diagnosed Ds, now 3.4 as being longsighted ( +4.5 in one eye and +5 in the other ) so he's getting glasses next week. If I hadn't spotted the squint I would have had no clue and I do think he would have struggled when he gets to school. I guess a lot of children don't get eye problems picked up until they start having problems reading and writing?

It won't hurt to get him checked. smile

Seona1973 Sun 25-Sep-11 11:22:47

no harm in having one. Ds got tested when he was at nursery at age 3 1/2 (they came into nursery to do the eye tests). DD has had glasses from 18 months old due to squinting (turned out she was long sighted).

Madlizzy Sun 25-Sep-11 11:27:11

It's good to start eye tests from around age 3. They will have them annually from then on.

catsareevil Sun 25-Sep-11 11:32:51

Did your dc have the pre-school screening?

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