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Squint eyes

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OnNaturesCourse Thu 09-Aug-18 09:44:10

Anyone have any experience with this?

My LO has two squints. One eye has a squint when looking up and to the side, one eye is just when looking up occasionally.

Awaiting further communication from hospital about way forward.

Groovee Thu 09-Aug-18 09:51:30

I noticed squints in Ds when he was about 7 months. By 10 months it transpired he was very long sighted and the he needed glasses to correct them. He's had them for 15 years now and are very part of him. When he takes them off the eyes are everywhere.

Best to get it checked out as there is a lot they can do.

OnNaturesCourse Thu 09-Aug-18 21:55:57

Yes. We are checking it out

If you don't mind, did your DC show any other sings?

Thatsnotmybookworm Thu 09-Aug-18 22:03:44

What age is your little one? DD is 10 months and seems to have a slight squint; we saw an ophthalmologist recently who couldn't see anything wrong with her eyes and suggested that it might be a false squint, where a lack of symmetry on a wide nasal bridge and a little bit of extra skin beside her eye creates a false appearance of a squint (it sounds very odd but she looks perfectly normal honestly, it took me ages to see what he was talking about smile). I'm not convinced but he will see her again In a year's time.

Thatsnotmybookworm Thu 09-Aug-18 22:05:25

@Groovee how was the long sightedness diagnosed?

Groovee Thu 09-Aug-18 22:38:32

We saw a consultant at the eye hospital. He got drops in and then they did tests using some sort of tools. I just remember trying to hold him still and trying to keep him from screaming.

The only signs I can remember is the squint. The GP couldn't decide what eye it was like myself and his dad so referred us to the hospital. They said it was born due to a plus 7 prescription being diagnosed.

leanne9312 Thu 09-Aug-18 22:54:05

My daughter has a squint and has glasses from being I think about 6month old they helped a lot and it seemed to look less obvious and didn't need the glasses until recently (she is 5) needed glasses again and has to wear quite a strong prescription. They offered squint surgery but I didn't want an operation on her eye at this age and will let her decide when she's older if she wants it

OnNaturesCourse Fri 10-Aug-18 09:22:09

Plus 7?? What is that?

We have been seen at the hospital by an assistant who has confirmed the squints, and that LO eyes aren't 'in line' which is basically that, like me, they have one eye sitting slightly higher on their face.

Never seemed to have a problem seeing things, can grab, look for, examine things etc but has does crawl and toddle into things which has made me question the depth perception.

Groovee Fri 10-Aug-18 10:23:15

plus 7?? What is that?

It's his long sighted prescription which is very long sighted. I'm short sighted with a -1 prescription.

Thatsnotmybookworm Fri 10-Aug-18 13:41:47

Thanks @Groovee. We have had those tests done too and they didn't show up anything, but of course, more minor levels of sight problems are difficult to pick up on in very small children.

OnNaturesCourse Fri 10-Aug-18 19:54:56

Thank you for the explanation.

I wonder if we will end up with glasses, the thought kind of concerns me.

waxy1 Fri 10-Aug-18 19:59:47

“They offered squint surgery but I didn't want an operation on her eye at this age and will let her decide when she's older if she wants it“

Take them up on their offer, or you are cursing your child for life.

DownAtFraggleRock Fri 10-Aug-18 20:03:05

Leanne I had my squints fixed at 4 and i'm forever grateful my parents did it

Who wouldn't want straight eyes? hmm

I understand the operation has a much lower success rate the older you are

Groovee Fri 10-Aug-18 20:26:11

Ds got his glasses at 10 months and it took until he was 2 before he would wear them.

The wee one I work with at work has glasses and we try to get them worn at nursery. They are very good with me but can often take them off and tell mum that "finished" but had been wearing them most afternoons now too.

It feel stressful at the time but once ds started wearing them things really got better.

cloudtree Fri 10-Aug-18 20:30:17

DS1 had a lazy eye which we didn't spot until he started school (well TBH the school nurse spotted it). He was patched at age 4 and wore his patch literally all day from the moment he woke up until he went to bed. Two and a half years later his eyes were completely corrected and he now doesn't even have to wear glasses since both eyes are working together so well and his prescription is now so minor that glasses are unnecessary.

He now models..

leanne9312 Fri 10-Aug-18 20:39:33

@waxy1 I'm not putting my child through an operation for the sake of cosmetic reasons!
She is a strong and confident little girl and I am not doing something to save her getting picked on it's absolutely wrong. No one should change their appearance to please other people.

@DownAtFraggleRock if u read my reasons above you'll understand, I'm not changing her appearance for other people

waxy1 Fri 10-Aug-18 20:46:39

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leanne9312 Fri 10-Aug-18 21:06:26

@waxy1 how fucking pathetic your obviously an immature child who cares about how you look. More to life than looking how people think is perfect.
Don't ever tell me what to do

leanne9312 Fri 10-Aug-18 21:07:57

And negligent parenting would be getting an operation for a cosmetic reason and the risk of her loosing her sight completely.

leanne9312 Fri 10-Aug-18 21:13:21

@cloudtree that's what happened to my little one but after a while it went to the side again, they said the glasses should help bring it back in

waxy1 Fri 10-Aug-18 21:17:56

Hi Leanne.

Best of luck to the kids.

There’s no hard feelings here- you’ve got my opinion, for your consideration. I’m not cross-eyed and I’ll probably never meet your benighted child, so it’s no real concern of mine.

leanne9312 Fri 10-Aug-18 21:20:39

@waxy1 wouldn't want her to met such a person as you

No hard feelings? If u want to insult a child then carry on but it only makes you look like an idiot smile

waxy1 Fri 10-Aug-18 21:24:16

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katmunchkin Fri 10-Aug-18 21:26:30

@leanne9312 I'm an adult with quite a severe squint - like you, my mum didn't want to fix it as she wanted me to make the decision when I was older. 'Older' never came and I am now in the position, at 32, of having premature arthritis in my neck due to living my life (unbeknown to me) with my head on a tilt, to compensate for the double vision which I didn't realise wasn't normal. Currently waiting for an appointment with an Orthoptist (specialist who measures eye movement) for an operation to correct my squint, but I accept this is now higher risk with lower chance of success. If you can get it done now, please do. Not for cosmetic reasons, but long term health.

waxy1 Fri 10-Aug-18 21:28:40

Katmunchkin- all the best. I expect you’re a tough cookie by now.

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