Eyesight with PA children

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I took my daughter to the doctors yesterday and she had a vision test and she didn't do so well. 20/50 I was told by a few friend that don't know much of the allergies that they have heard people with allegies tend to have problems with hearing and vision. I am worried, I can't belive I wouldn't notice if she didn't see much. I think it may have been she has never had any form of testing from another person. She has never been in any daycare or preschool setting. Should I be so worried or should I wait to see how she does after she has been in school for awhile. She starts in August this year. Help, don't know anything on this, I have always had perfect vision, so I don't know what to look for even. Thank you for listening. Cindy

On Apr 1, 2001

I can see that you're upset about the vision test, but I don't really think that there is any correlation between allergy and hearing/vision. I began wearing glasses at 9, but it is likely that my vision was not perfect even at 6 (it's just that back in the late 1950s doctors did not usually do eye exams on little kids). I think doctors are catching many of these things, whether hearing or vision problems, earlier because they are more prepared. In any case I wouldn't worry even if your daughter does turn out to need glasses; did your doctor suggest waiting or doing something now? You could let her teacher know when she starts school to let you know if your daughter is squinting or seems to be getting headaches.

On Apr 1, 2001

How old is your daughter - I know you have several, but can't remember which one is PA?

My daughter is listed as 20/40 on her 4 yr. old eye exam although for the life of me I don't know how they came up with that assessment.

I stood there while she read the eye chart. She didn't recognize one symbol (an odd looking flag - she knows the American flag), but she read all the other symbols and letters accurately. Because I stood there and know what she saw and didn't understand I don't consider her to be vision impaired.

Having said that I DO fully expect both of my children to need corrective glasses at some point. I have worn glasses since 5th grade and my DH since 7th grade. We are both near sighted and everyone on both sides of our families is nearsighted. The first signs are squinting, headaches, moving closer to written words (i.e. sitting closer to the blackboard in class; holding books closer to the face) and the resultant negatives of these - potentially slipping grades in school, not comprehending letters or words, etc. These are some clues for nearsightedness. Someone else could perhaps give you clues for recognizing farsightedness.

On Apr 1, 2001

I tried to get this response in in the wee hours of the morning and I couldn't, so here it is now.

momof4, did the doctor recommend that your daughter get glasses or that she required further testing?

I took my PA son for his regular eye examination this past summer. Because my non-PA daughter was with me and the doctor had extra time (she wasn't quite 3 years old), the doctor said that he might as well examine her eyes too. I was completely shocked when he told me that she needed glasses.

As you mentioned, you think you would know if your child needed glasses or not. I read to both children every night and my daughter was able to point out pictures and enjoy the story. However, the doctor said she was far sighted which means she wasn't able to see up close. She also did marvelous colouring jobs. Again, I was shocked.

She is also very active. She often bumps into things or falls because of her hyper frenzy! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] At any rate, he did prescribe glasses and we got them. I can't really notice any difference in her from before she got her glasses and after except that MAYBE she doesn't bump into walls as often.

What was even more shocking is that she was prescribed like a magnifying lense. The strongest lense possible for her. I am very aware of both of my children, health wise, and I have worn glasses since the age of 11 or so, so I definitely thought that I would notice if one of them was having a difficulty. I didn't.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Apr 1, 2001

I have to agree that a correlation is doubtful. My non-PA daughter got glasses at age 2 for esotropia (related to lazy eye; resulting from extreme far-sightedness). As an aside, for Cindy, we NEVER noticed a problem with her vision until her eye started crossing, and even then we were baffled because we hadn't seen any signs that she had trouble seeing. BUT, once she got her glasses, we realized that she wasn't clumsy (as we'd previously thought), but had been running into things because her depth perception was poor.

My PA son is only 15 months so we won't know for a while if his eyes are okay, but they seem to be, so far. Since DH and I both wear glasses we'd always assumed that both kids would need corrective lenses at some point, anyway.

Miriam

On Apr 1, 2001

Thank you everyone for getting back to me on this. My daughter is 5 1/2 years old. The doctor didn't say anything about testing her again. Actually didn't mention the eyesight at all. I had the two year old with who was screaming the entire time. Plus my daughter is allergic to eggs. So I had to stay and wait for an extra 30 minutes to make sure she would be okay from the vaccine. She got the second MMR, the first we gave her benadryl in the doctors office and stayed two hours. This time I knew about it so I gave her the benadryl before we went. She had no reaction, but wanted to be safe. So the appointment was full of the allergy things, so I didnt' push the other subjects. I have never needed glasses, my husband wore some when he was very little from a lazy eye,but never since. Should I look into having her tested again or just wait for school to see?

On Apr 1, 2001

Mir, you made a really good point above! I just recently had to make a follow-up appointment for my daughter. We had noticed, a couple of nights in a row, around dinner time when she was getting tired, that her one eye was turning in a lot (it looked really ghastly for those faint of heart when it comes to eye things - this from a woman that could NOT wear contact lenses!). When Ember saw the eye doctor he said that had she not gotten the glasses when she did, her eye would have started this inward turning earlier.

Now, as I say, she is still extremely active so still prone to falling and bumping into things, but I do believe this has lessened since she got her glasses. I know when I left the office that day, I just felt so badly because she hadn't been scheduled for a check-up and here I come out with a prescription for glasses for her. Also, I didn't want her to made feel badly about wearing glasses as I was when I was a child. We have really worked on ensuring that she feels comfortable and natural with her glasses.

Momof4, I posted in response even though it was my non-PA daughter that required the glasses and not my PA son. Somehow I don't think there is a connection between PA and eyesight although there would appear to be connections between PA and other things.

Also, I completely understand you're not being able to get further information from the doctor at the time of your visit. I hate the expression "been there, done that", but I completely understand.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Apr 1, 2001

At Logan's 4 year well check back in Sept. his eyes were 20/40. The pedi said this was normal vision for a 4 year old.

Rebekah

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