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Is bad eyesight hereditory?

(7 Posts)
NorkyButNice Thu 10-Jul-08 16:34:09

DH and I are both quite impaired in the vision department and am wondering whether this means that DS is more than likely going to be the same.

Anyone a genetics expert?

imaginewittynamehere Thu 10-Jul-08 16:41:06


I have a squint & bad eyesight, so do my Dad, Uncles, Cousins etc. DD (22 months) is under observation by the Ophthalmology Dept at the hospital - checkups every 6 months. Luckily no sign of a squint but they are still worried that her eyes may deteriorate early (as mine did)

You should speak to your optician if you are concerned. I did & she refered dd to the hospital. I like the fact that they are loooing at her regularly - the earlier something is picked up the less likely it will deteriorate (as if it is corrected there is not so much strain on the eyes)

TeacherSaysSo Thu 10-Jul-08 16:48:41

Reading makes it worse, so the old wives tale about straining our eyes if reading in the dark, is true!

Califrau Thu 10-Jul-08 16:53:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

filthymindedvixen Thu 10-Jul-08 16:54:15

Erm, in my family it appaears to skip generations. My great aunt was the last person with short-sightedness and astigmatism. both my parents and their parents had 20/20 grr.
DH and I both very short-sighted but so far, both dsses (aged 10 and 7) have 20/20 too. Surely they'd be showing signs by now if they were going to have duff eyesd?

NorkyButNice Thu 10-Jul-08 17:36:04

Interesting...DH and I both had glasses from really young so we'll just have to keep an eye on him I guess.

IdrisTheDragon Thu 10-Jul-08 17:40:42

My mum has a fairly bad astigmatism, my dad has moderate short-sightedness, I am very short sighted. My sister is slightly short sighted (needed glasses around 12 I think). As DH is also astigmatic I am pretty sure that DS and DD will need glasses at some stage, although hopefully won't be as short sighted as me.

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