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PSA- Get your kids' eyes checked even if there doesn't seem to be a problem.
by mem82
February 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Well, as most of you have known, my middle kid, Cole (8) has had some difficulty with reading. We were always confused because he seemed to *see* fine both close and far away. Well, I took him to a routine eye exam and have found that due to somethings, Cole only has one eye that is doing the work. He had 20/30 vision but his brain ignores what his right eye sends to it because the two eyes don't align right. Now, he doesn't looked cross  eyed nor do his eyes move around when he focuses. We had no idea he had a problem. The only thing is that sometimes at nights he'd have mild headaches and also when he would get frustrated he would *sometimes* say that his head hurt. I contributed that to getting head achy when tired or upset which isn't uncommon.

We have to go to a specialist, and hopefully, we won't have to have surgery preformed. 8( Go get your kids checked, ladies, even if you can't tell there is a problem. Cole might never be able to get this eye in working order again. *sigh*

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  • MessedUpMama
    February 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I agree with you mem. We never worried about Aidan's vision, because he could read fairly well, but then he complained that he couldn't see the letters very well any more so we took him in. We were thinking that he was faking in order to get glasses. But the Doctor said that he is VERY far sighted, so much so that he is surprised that Aidan can read at all! He's probably been that way all his life too! He was almost 9 when we first discovered it, so he had been through kindergarten, first grade, and half way through second grade without being able to see very well. He is doing well now, still behind some, not all of it is related to his vision, but he is making good progress.

    DCG's Mom just took her in because I strongly suggested it. There weren't any worries about her vision, I just wanted to make sure that if she did have a problem it would be taken care of earlier rather than later. As it turns out she has nearly perfect vision. No glasses for her, much to her disappointment. LOL

  • mem82
    by mem82
    February 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I'm glad he is making progress.

    Quoting MessedUpMama:

    I agree with you mem. We never worried about Aidan's vision, because he could read fairly well, but then he complained that he couldn't see the letters very well any more so we took him in. We were thinking that he was faking in order to get glasses. But the Doctor said that he is VERY far sighted, so much so that he is surprised that Aidan can read at all! He's probably been that way all his life too! He was almost 9 when we first discovered it, so he had been through kindergarten, first grade, and half way through second grade without being able to see very well. He is doing well now, still behind some, not all of it is related to his vision, but he is making good progress.

    DCG's Mom just took her in because I strongly suggested it. There weren't any worries about her vision, I just wanted to make sure that if she did have a problem it would be taken care of earlier rather than later. As it turns out she has nearly perfect vision. No glasses for her, much to her disappointment. LOL


  • mem82
    by mem82
    February 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I'm sorry. We have a pretty good insurance plan that we pay an arm and a leg for so we are lucky in that regard.

    In layman's terms, Cole has a slight (invisible to us) misalignment that was causing him to see double. The brain decided to stop *listening* to what the right eye was saying so that it could see. Over time, this weaken the right eye. Now it is *turned off* in the brain so even when we get the right eye aligned, we will have to do secondary therapy to get the brain to *turn on* the eye and *listen* to the data the right eye puts out.

    Quoting coala:

    She highly recomended a specialist that my insurance won't cover.  So I looked online for what the treatment options were and have been using a few of those.  One of them (it is the one that works best for her) is to hold a pencil with a design on it and move in until you see 2 and then back out.  They need to do this for about 15 min a day total.  We work it in several times a day.  I hope to get her into someone when we have better insurance in the future.

    Is this what Cole has?


    Quoting mem82:

    Thank you! Can you tell me what the therapy and treatment were for your daughter?

    Quoting coala:

    We found out my oldest has a convergence disorder.  I took her in b/c she was constantly complaining about headaches and being dizzy.  This disorder has 1 lazy eye.  She has perfect vision 20/20, but can't focus and has a hard time with comprehension b/c of it.  I hope you all find the answers that you need.





  • mem82
    by mem82
    February 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    We thought call was just messing around most of the time, too. 8^/ With little boys it is so hard to tell. LOL

    Quoting MessedUpMama:

    I agree with you mem. We never worried about Aidan's vision, because he could read fairly well, but then he complained that he couldn't see the letters very well any more so we took him in. We were thinking that he was faking in order to get glasses. But the Doctor said that he is VERY far sighted, so much so that he is surprised that Aidan can read at all! He's probably been that way all his life too! He was almost 9 when we first discovered it, so he had been through kindergarten, first grade, and half way through second grade without being able to see very well. He is doing well now, still behind some, not all of it is related to his vision, but he is making good progress.

    DCG's Mom just took her in because I strongly suggested it. There weren't any worries about her vision, I just wanted to make sure that if she did have a problem it would be taken care of earlier rather than later. As it turns out she has nearly perfect vision. No glasses for her, much to her disappointment. LOL


  • coala
    by coala
    February 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Wow!!!  Never heard of something like that.  I hope you all can get in and see the right people to get him taken care of.

    And yes, my insurance stinks....I can shout it from the roof tops and it still won't change a thing.  I use when we need it, but even then it won't cover all that we need taken care of.


    Quoting mem82:

    I'm sorry. We have a pretty good insurance plan that we pay an arm and a leg for so we are lucky in that regard.

    In layman's terms, Cole has a slight (invisible to us) misalignment that was causing him to see double. The brain decided to stop *listening* to what the right eye was saying so that it could see. Over time, this weaken the right eye. Now it is *turned off* in the brain so even when we get the right eye aligned, we will have to do secondary therapy to get the brain to *turn on* the eye and *listen* to the data the right eye puts out.

    Quoting coala:

    She highly recomended a specialist that my insurance won't cover.  So I looked online for what the treatment options were and have been using a few of those.  One of them (it is the one that works best for her) is to hold a pencil with a design on it and move in until you see 2 and then back out.  They need to do this for about 15 min a day total.  We work it in several times a day.  I hope to get her into someone when we have better insurance in the future.

    Is this what Cole has?


    Quoting mem82:

    Thank you! Can you tell me what the therapy and treatment were for your daughter?

    Quoting coala:

    We found out my oldest has a convergence disorder.  I took her in b/c she was constantly complaining about headaches and being dizzy.  This disorder has 1 lazy eye.  She has perfect vision 20/20, but can't focus and has a hard time with comprehension b/c of it.  I hope you all find the answers that you need.







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