Glasses for Babies

United States
February 27, 2007 11:09pm CST
Ok i've always wondered this...how do they know that babies need glasses? I mean like under 3 years old. And when they go to the eye doctor, how do they figure out which prescription is the one they need? I know when i go they will flip the different lens presciptions and ask "which is better 1 or 2" and do that a bunch of times. Well obviously they can't do that to a baby or very young child. So how is it all done??
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Hey RIML :D you think that's hard to fathom my sister thought her dog might be vision impaired so she took it to get an eye exam (@ an eyelab not a vet)& the dr told her the dog was partially blind-now how did he figure out that one? +'s 4 U :)
@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
1 Mar 07
There must have been degenerative signs in the dog's RETINA in the FUNDUS of the eye . Or maybe it had a cataract (obscurity in the LENS of the eye ) or a retinal detachment (the inner lining of the eye gets peeled off ).
@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
28 Feb 07
Well , there are different conditions that require different glasses . For example a refractive error is often caused by the DIMENSIONS of the eye (either the DEPTH of the eye ,too deep or too shallow , or the CURVATURE of the front part ,more curved than normal or more flat) These dimensions can be measured and the abnormality identified without the input from the baby . .You can tell if an eye is blind for example by shining a light in it and watching for reflexes . Also an examination of the FUNDUS (the inside wall ) of the eye might reveal either a cause for blindness or degenerative changes . .One obvious sign of BLINDNESS or WEAKNESS is simply : SQUINTING !
@kareng (7986)
• United States
28 Feb 07
It's been several years since my kids were little but I do remember eye charts with pictures instead of letters. They were all common things that small children would recognize like a dog, cat, baby, etc.
@steney (1418)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I just learned last year that my five year old daughter has vision problems because her teacher in school suggested to have her eyes checked as she was having difficulty in copying notes from the board. We were shocked that her prescription is 300-900 on her left and right eye respectively and I didn't hear her complain about not being able to see properly. The ophthalmologist told us that it was inborn. I wonder why vision tests were not suggested to us by the pediatricians when she was still a baby. We could have known that she needed eyeglasses and professional help could have been sought earlier.
• United States
28 Feb 07
Not entirely sure. I do know that when i went to see my eye doctor ( i wear glasses) he asked if my husband did too, which he does. he then looked into my sons eyes who was about 18 months old at the time, and said he had astigmatism and we would keep an eye on it. My son at nearly 3 can tell you what is better between 2 things, at least a couple times, but any younger.. i have no idea.