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Old 12-10-2012, 06:43 PM
Location: Isanti County, Minnesota
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Our 7 month old son's left eye has often been turned toward his nose the past few weeks. He had no issues before this, and has not had any injuries that we're aware of. Today, we took him to a pediatric opthamologist. The guy does a series of quick exams, and then declares that my son is farsighted and that he needs glasses. What???

I know medicine is advancing, and that younger docs (like this one) are supposedly in the know about the latest and greatest treatments, but eyeglasses on a little 7 month old baby? Even if I got them, he would tear them off of his face every chance he got. He HATES stuff on his face.

Are there no therapy options available before taking such a radical step? I had heard about patching, but this doc said that wouldn't come into play until AFTER the glasses were already on.

And I hate to be suspicious and cynical about it, but it just so happened that they shuttled us right across the hall where they make the glasses for the low, low price of $250!!! For a BABY!!

I want to to do the right thing for my child in the end, but this kinda reeks of a cash cow for these clinics. I'm in the medical field myself, am 43 years old, and I have NEVER seen glasses on a child that young in my life.

If nothing else, I'm getting a 2nd opinion before I do something like that. I was really taken aback on how blase the doc was in telling me my little baby needed specs. Like it's the norm now or something?
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:57 PM
Location: Georgia, USA
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Spectacle correction of heterophoria in hyperopic amblyopic children

Reading the article in the link will make anyone's eyes cross.

The bottom line is that glasses for your baby are indicated.

Some cuties here:

Photo gallery « little four eyes

The children with farsightedness and esotropia have the same condition as your little guy.

Do comparison shop for the glasses. A lot of the cost is in the frames.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:12 PM
Location: southwest TN
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The new machines used to test vision are incredible. Just by looking inside the eye, they can calculate the amount of refraction needed, including whether there's any astigmatism. I had that done just before my eye surgery and the new lenses (implants) have given me near normal vision - for the first time in over 55 years!

Additionally, I waited too long to take my son to a pediatric opthalmologist for his crossed eye (just one). This was nearly 40 years ago and the patch never did help - he still doesn't use his one eye much of the time.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:32 AM
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I have seen babies with glasses before. Glasses are expensive and I would assume you would have to get special one that are very flexible and have plastic lenses.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:56 AM
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You delayed enough by waiting weeks. Better get on it. If you are in the medical field...You know what that means. My 6mth od great niece wears hearing aids, her Daddy picked them out....red ones
And, get over the sticker shock....When he is a kid in hockey, or sports or later as a teen that will be nothing. It'll be fine, get your second opinion....And keep us updated.
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