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New glasses prescription after 4 months

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LONC2012 Tue 02-Aug-16 19:18:31

Hi all,
I posted back in April when my DS got his first pair of glasses. He is +4.00 right and was +2.25 left.
However we went back in July to specsavers for his review and saw a trainee examiner. He did the tests (some of which I think my son guessed as he really didn't have a clue what to say) and said that his left eye had got worse and was now a +3.
He has referred us to the hospital however said that it can take a long time to be seen.
My son is now complaining of headaches which he never usually has, has become very irritable at the end of the day and keeps rubbing his left eye.
I am going back on Thursday to get him retested but just wondered if anyone else has experienced their child's eyes getting worse after wearing glasses?
I'm absolutely gutted for him as they were hoping the glasses would improve things but now it looks like patch treatment might be the way forward!


CodyKing Tue 02-Aug-16 19:21:40

First - go somewhere else -

DD eyes worked extra hard to 'keep up' so testing was difficult - once she started wearing her specs it became easier to test - and she was worse so to speak -

One eye mussels make up for the other so the glasses can strengthen the weaker eye - putting the main eye back to 'normal' which is then 'worse'

I'd get a second opinion - DD was panicked by a trainee - re hospital etc - but a more senior second opinion said otherwise -

SpinnakerInTheEther Tue 02-Aug-16 19:35:15

I have read several articles regarding how much eye prescriptions can change, from optician to optician, even on the same day. A lot can affect an eye test, lighting, stress, concentration and tiredness. There has been some interesting research on the psychology of eyesight performance. At least your DS's is not a whole number stronger, so I would try not to worry.

Anecdotally, I have found my own eyesight worsening the more I wore glasses. Each time I have had them tested they got 1 level more shortsighted, apart from when I have purposely not worn my new glasses for activities I did not need them for and rested and exercised my eyes. My DC has glasses and I only insist they wear them when they need them (so not much in the house for example.) but if they want to wear them off course they can. No headaches involved though. That could indicate eye strain which can also be linked with stress. I would check posture looking at screens etc. I also like my DC to do activities which encourage focusing at different distances (watching a moving object across the horizon for example). Eye convergence skills and skimming and scanning certainly have a developmental aspect and there are exercises that can help with these.

So, again I would try not to worry. The hospital should be able to tell you more at least.

LONC2012 Tue 02-Aug-16 20:59:23

Thank you, I have got his retest Thursday so will see what comes of that and if not I have already spoke to another opticians who said I can take him there but they would have to charge me which I wouldn't be bothered about.
Thank you again for your replies X

dementedpixie Thu 04-Aug-16 08:29:05

Patch treatment is for when the vision is worse in one eye than the other which is not the same as how long or short sighted the eye is. The original optician may not have given a full prescription on the original glasses (my Dd wasn't given the full one when she first got them at 18 months old). She was under Orthoptist care at the hospital until around the age of 8 at which point we used a local independent optician.

dementedpixie Thu 04-Aug-16 08:32:53

What age is he?

LONC2012 Thu 04-Aug-16 10:18:27

He is 4

dementedpixie Thu 04-Aug-16 10:31:00

Did they use the eye drops in the previous tests? If so the prescription is probably correct. If they didn't there is more chance of an error

dementedpixie Thu 04-Aug-16 10:33:57

You will probably find as your dc gets older then the long sightedness will probably reduce a little. My dd has had glasses since she was 18 months old and is now 12 and still has them but the figures have reduced (now at +3.25 and +5 so will always need them)

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