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    Old 05-30-2007, 09:45 AM   #1
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    Glasses for my 1 year old

    My daughter just made one and we noticed that her left eye was turning in. I took her to an eye doctor and they did a test today and he said that she has a high plus. For them to look at her eyes we had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her still. While I know she wasn't being hurt in any way, it stressed her out to the point of her screaming her head off and to the point of me becoming extremely stressed as well. He wants me to bring her in for glasses later this afternoon but I have a feeling that she won't keep them on. In my stressed state and wanting to get my daughter out of there and calmed down, I completely forgot to ask him to explain the problem to me in normal terms instead of this high plus thing. Now I am sitting here at work wondering exactly how bad her sight is and the woman at the doctors office that I need to talk to isn't in until 1 an it's 11:40 so I am freaking out wondering what to do. Another problem is that I will have to pay for these glasses out of pocket and I really don't have the extra money. My fiance and I are planning a wedding for december and the way it's going it looks like we just can't afford it and our daughters eye sight is more important than a wedding anyway. I don't want her to have to wear glasses for the rest of her life because I know how kids can tease. I went through it myself and even though I am supposed to wear glasses for my sight, I don't wear them because of the teasing I went through. The doctor also said that we can try the glasses for 2 weeks and if they don't work there is always the surgery that can correct the crossed eye. That makes me worry though because even though he said it is a simple surgery I am panicking because what if something goes wrong and she ends up completely blind in that eye. I know I am just worrying for nothing but I guess that just goes along with being a mother. Anyone have a 1 year old that actually kept glasses on, or had surgery to fix this problem. Just looking for someone to basically tell me that it isn't as bad as it seems. Thanks,

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    Old 05-30-2007, 02:14 PM   #2
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    I have not experienced this myself, but my husband's cousin (whom we are close with) had to put her little 15 month old in glasses, for crossed eyes and poor vision. No surgery was ever mentioned for him, so I don't know about that. It will take her getting used to them. They had him wear glasses with a band around the back so they would stay on. Once he got used to them, he did really well, and the eye would stay straight, until he took the glasses off. He still needs them and is now 6. I would make sure that you talk to the doc about the fact that being so young, will this correct itself? Or, maybe the surgery would be the right route so that she wouldn't have to wear glasses for a long time, if at all. Good luck. I am blessed that my DD didn't go through this, b/c my DH's eyes are HORRIBLE!! She got mine for some reason. This time we are having a boy, so I am wondering if we will need to get glasses for him at a young age. Also, remember that when she is older, you can get contacts. So she won't always have to wear them. I will pray that things work out for you for the best. And, I hope you can still have your wedding.

     
    Old 05-30-2007, 03:17 PM   #3
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    It sounds like either Lazy Eye or an Estropia of some sort. I dont know what "high plus" means so i can only guess. Maybe the people on the Eye sight boards would know better. It's worth looking into.

    I was born with infantile estropia (its one you dont grow out of), others you can. I been wearing glasses since i was 5 1/2 months old. I typically had the wrap around ear pieces or a strap that held them on, but as my mother wore glasses i thought it was normal so didnt have much of a problem keeping them on.

    I totally understand with you on how you would feel about your daughter wearing glasses and being teased, i too wouldnt want to put my kid through that. I pray you get some good results with the doctor and that things work out for the best. I also want to congradulate you on your wedding!


     
    Old 05-31-2007, 05:15 AM   #4
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    Just a little update....

    I brought Breanna in yesterday afternoon to pick out her glasses. We picked a tiny pink pair with the band that wraps around the back. We tried the kind that goes around the ear but when she would pull them off (after about 2 seconds of having them on) they would get caught on her earrings and I didn't want to take the chance of her ripping an earring out so we went with the band around the back. I have a feeling that I am going to have a hard time keeping them on her. She didn't cry or anything when we tried the on her in the store she just took them off right away. Maybe once the right prescription is in and she can actually see how she is supposed to, she'll want to keep them on. Anyway, her prescription is +4 which I have been told is pretty bad for a 1 year old. She also has infantile esotropia with a right eye preference. If we can't get the glasses to work out the doctor is going to send us to a specialist for surgery consultation. I did get good news though. I was talking to my soon to be sister-in-law and she said that I can go through the Lions Club (their whole family is part of it) and they could end up picking up the cost for her glasses and any surgery she may have to have. If Dr. D (who breanna is seeing now) refers us for surgery I am going to bring her to LSU Medical Center, which has some of the best eye doctors around and is who the Lions club refers you too. I just have to fill out a form for the lions club. So that takes some stress off my back. Maybe I will have a nice wedding after all. Thanks for all your help....

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    Old 05-31-2007, 07:00 AM   #5
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    You can get more information from aapos.org.
    Your daughter is farsighted and the strain of focusing up close causes her eye to turn in. Glasses correct this and are the ideal treatment at this point. Surgery would be on the eye muscles so that the eyes work together; however, it would not correct the farsightedness.

    The danger here is amblyopia. Because she is favouring the right eye, the brain will begin to ignore the input from the left eye. If this goes on, her left eye will lose much of its vision (not the eye precisely, but the data coming from that eye). It is extremely important that you find a way to keep glasses on her. Her sight is far more important than her earrings, so remove them.

    The treatment for amblyopia is patching the good eye which you might have to do down the road. You sometimes see a child with glasses and one lens covered.

    Good luck.

     
    Old 05-31-2007, 08:17 AM   #6
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    KellaC:
    When I spoke to the lady who ordered Breanna's glasses she told me that Breanna was nearsighted. When you told me that she was farsighted I started looking up this + prescription thing and you are absolutely right she is farsighted. So after researching further I also found that farsighted means that they can see far but not near so now I am wondering just how much these people really know. I will most likely get a second opinion on all of this but will let her wear the glasses in the meantime. I'm just worried that they aren't actually getting her the right prescription lense now because it doesn't seem like they know what they are talking about. Guess I'll just wait until I go to pick up her glasses and talk to them then.....

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    Old 05-31-2007, 09:18 AM   #7
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    I'm farsighted, not that farsighted and I can't read without glasses. I do see better in the distance without my glasses. My nephew wore glasses a couple of years (ages 2 to 4 I think) I believe for a similar problem. I can tell you just by looking at him in the lenses he was not nearsighted. I wonder if that lady misspoke when she said that. This is just an observation, but I've notice children in glasses when they are very very young tend to have lenses that make their eyes look magnified. This would not be a lens to correct nearsightedness, they look more the opposite. If you take farsighted glasses and hold them up and look through htem, they will make things look larger, nearsighted glasses are the opposite. Just my non-technical comment.

    Perhaps you could engage your daughter by looking at a book together a couple times day. Being that farsighted, she may find that she enjoys the book more as she will be able to distinguish the objects. Maybe you could start out slow and build up the time spent doing those type of exercises. Make up an activity like "where's Waldo" or something. Maybe you could put on glasses (rose colored non-presction cheapos or something) with her. I don't know if that is a problem in the long run...having her imitate you. Just a thought.

     
    Old 06-01-2007, 08:50 AM   #8
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    All children are slightly farsighted at birth but can accomodate near vision without a problem. In your daughter's case, the farsightedness is too much for her to manage and her eyes won't focus up close. Normally, children outgorw this farsightedness, so she might improve somewhat as she gets older.
    The best doctor to treat this problem is a pediatric ophthalmologist. The website I recommended has a list of doctors in each state that are board certified--that is, the cream of the crop.

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    Old 06-01-2007, 09:28 AM   #9
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    Anyway, I just talked to the eye glasses lady and she said that normally the +4 would mean you are farsighted but Breanna is a special case and is nearsighted with the +4 prescription. Go figure. Anyway, gonna give the glasses two weeks and then am going to get a second opinion.

    I am definitely going to give that website a shot and see what I come up with. Thanks for the help. I'll keep ya'll posted as things develop. Her glasses had to be special ordered so they should be in sometime next week. I'm starting to wonder though because I watched her very closely last night and I have to say I would never believe she couldn't see normally . She never runs into walls and can find toys that are far away or near. She has no problem finding the tiniest piece of dirt on the floor either. We'll see what happens.

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    Old 06-02-2007, 09:17 AM   #10
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    If she can see the smallest spec, then she is most likely nearsighted. But the +4 seems to indicate farsighted. Maybe you can get an explanation from the optometrist.

    My oldest daughter (now 28) was born nearsighted. I noticed that she would look at a curtain on a window when another baby looked at the mountain outside the window, but I didn't figure it to be nearsightedness. I didn't realize it until she was 4 and couldn't read the clock without getting very close to it. (We didn't have television.) Looking back, she missed out on some things, like tie-dyeing t-shirts at the daycare center when she was 2 because she didn't realize what was going on. She was very willing to wear her glasses at 4 because they let her see things she had never seen. She never bumped into things without them, though.

    I don't recall her ever being teased about them. Lots of kids get glasses. And then when they're about 12 or 13 they get contacts. I don't remember being teased either--except for about my habit of pushing them up, which was due to ill-fitting glasses at the time.

    And frames are really a fashion statement now. Of course, my youngest daughter, a teenager, who can legally drive without glasses refuses to even get a pair with her current prescription. So there is still a stigma about wearing them. But I think it's mostly the wearer these days who is concerned, not other people.

     
    Old 06-02-2007, 01:03 PM   #11
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    I'd have to say the farsighted / nearsighted is confusing! My lenses are for farsightedness, but yet, i cannot for the life of me see far. I pretty much cannot see the big E at all on the charts these days (as my eyes are getting worse these past few years). But i can see near if i sit close enough or the print is big enough for me. I've only had the patch and glasses done, never explored the surgery, it just wasnt done 23 years ago.

    I think estropia takes you to a whole new level beyond farsightedness/nearsightedness . As it can be seen both ways. When your eye accomodates its tryin to correct the problem itself as i understand, and therefor it can swing in either direction, but is origionally farsighted. I'm not sure of this.. every doctor ive seen has shrugged it off lately when i try to get an explanation beyond a webpage.

    But i have to say, as long as your child can see, who really cares on the definitions?

     
    Old 06-04-2007, 08:49 AM   #12
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    Re: Glasses for my 1 year old

    Just wanted to say my 3 year old just got glasses for his right eye turning inward. I thought I had noticed the left eye turn a few times too, and the eye doctor confirmed both eyes were crossing. He is very far sighted. His prescription is +4 in one eye and +5.5 in the other. The doctor said that normally kids his age are +2 if they are far sighted. His eyes are supposed to stop crossing in time with his glasses. He just needs to wear his glasses all the time.

     
    Old 06-04-2007, 08:55 AM   #13
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    even if your daughter's eyes stop crossing with the glasses, it doesn't mean she eventually won't need them anymore. She will need glasses or contacts forever probably since bad vision doesn't correct itself. They told me my son would be in glasses until he was old enought to wear contacts, and then maybe when he is 21 he can get the lasic surgery. Right now they have not perfected lasic surgery for those who are far sighted.

     
    Old 06-04-2007, 10:43 AM   #14
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    We are still waiting on Breanna's glasses. They had to be special ordered so they are taking a little longer than expected. She should have them sometime this week. I have pretty much gotten used to the idea of her having to wear glasses. I know that if the glasses don't correct the cross eye then she will have to have surgery but she will still need the glasses regardless if her sight is that bad. I am still going to get a second opinion. I am thinking about bringing her to a pediatric opthamologist this time. I still have a really hard time believing her sight is as bad as he says it is but I'm not the doctor so I have to go with what they say. The doctor that she is seeing now also mentioned contacts for her but I don't have the slightest clue how he thinks I am going to get contacts into a 1 year olds eye. Another reason I want to bring her to a pediatric eye specialist. Well, that's all I have for now. Thanks for all the help so far.

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