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mem82
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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  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    February 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

     So sorry to here that, I hope they can help him with out surgery.

  • blueyedbaker
    February 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    My girls go every September. 

    I swear there was something wrong with my youngest. Her eye are so sensitive. She's had them checked out, been to a specialist and had to go every 6 months for 2 years and nothing is wrong thank goodness but it was scary (she was hoping to have to get glasses too) I hope your son turns out OK. 

  • bluerooffarm
    February 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

     Oh no!  I hope he's okay!

    I'm really glad that we decided to get my oldest an eye checkup next month.  Thanks for the PSA ;-)

  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    February 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

     wow!! glad you caught it!

    good idea to get the childs eyes checked!

  • mem82
    by mem82
    February 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM
    I feel so bad for trying to get him do things like hold his head straight while reading. 8( he was unconsciously trying to focus.
  • kirbymom
    February 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Ahhh > mem! This is not your fault! You were just trying to figure out what the deal was.  All swe parents can do is the best we can. We are not perfect. We make mistakes just like kids do.  We find out things, just like kids do. The only difference between kids and adults, is perspective. Kids see one way and adults see another. So quit being so hard on yourself! Got it?!  

  • coala
    by coala
    February 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    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 7:54 PM

    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 7:54 PM

    8) Thanks! I will try to not be so down on myself.

    Quoting kirbymom:

    Ahhh > mem! This is not your fault! You were just trying to figure out what the deal was.  All swe parents can do is the best we can. We are not perfect. We make mistakes just like kids do.  We find out things, just like kids do. The only difference between kids and adults, is perspective. Kids see one way and adults see another. So quit being so hard on yourself! Got it?!  


  • coala
    by coala
    February 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    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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