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Old 03-24-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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3 1/2 year old squinting

Hi everyone,

I hope someone can help steer me into the right direction. My 3 1/2 year just recently starting closing/squinting one eye when pointing to something far away. I never noticed it before and when it started it didnt happen that much but now it seems like everytime he points to something he does it. He either points normally or will have his finger like right in front of his eye and point, but always is closing or squinting one eye. I havent asked him yet why he does it, not sure he will know what I mean. I am thinking of taking him to get his vision tested but until then, does anyone have any input as to why he might be doing this?

Everyone on my side (except for me) wears glasses for various reasons, my dad is colorblind and I am the carrier, thought for sure my son would be colorblind, but it doesnt look like it. My husband has really really bad eye sight, and pretty much everyone on his side wears glasses.

Any tips for taking at 3 year old for an eye sight test. what should I expect?

Thank you

Amy

 
Old 03-24-2008, 03:34 PM   #2
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Re: 3 1/2 year old squinting

That's just the age when any behaviour like that needs to be investigated by specialists so that any optical defect can be corrected before permanent damage occurs.
You really should have your child's vision checked, preferably at an eye hospital or at least in the ophthalmology department of a good hospital such as one associated with a university.

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Old 03-25-2008, 05:26 AM   #3
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Re: 3 1/2 year old squinting

Amy: I agree with Brian. Some vision defects that are not corrected in early childhood can become permanent. That's because the neural pathways are being laid down in the brain. If inadequate data is being received from one eye, the brain can simply shut it down.
There are pediatric ophthalmologists; but if that involves too much waitng time, go to a good optometrist for starters. An optometrist will be able to measure the visual acuity in each eye, among other things.
Get going.

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Old 03-25-2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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Re: 3 1/2 year old squinting

Thank you both,

After I posted I called a dr through my vision plan, not sure what type of eye dr he is, the initials after his name are OD, he specializes in children 0-5 years old and I have heard GREAT things about him. His appointment is this Friday at 130. They didnt ask if there was anything going on with him, but I think the receptionist was new, she kept having to ask someone what she needed from me.

What should I expect from this appointment? Will they dialate him?

How do they test a 3 year old?

THank you for your advice

Amy

 
Old 03-25-2008, 03:58 PM   #5
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Re: 3 1/2 year old squinting

Sounds like he is just the right kind of specialist and is evidently used to handling kids eye problems. He may or may not dilate your son's pupils but you can be sure it will be done carefully. It only involves putting drops in the eyes and he will be used to getting kids to co-operate. The testing equipment is usually child-friendly, with animated images that hold their attention while the tests are being done. There really is nothing to worry about. It's just testing to see if there is anything wrong and there is nothing frightening or painful about it.
I'm sure it will all go fine.

 
Old 03-26-2008, 05:43 AM   #6
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Re: 3 1/2 year old squinting

Very good. Let us know what happens.
An OD is a Doctor of Optometry--an optometrist.

 
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