what our kids say about their vision

Recently, the question has come up in the Little Four Eyes facebook group about what our kids say about how well they see – particularly once they get their glasses.  Zoe has never really told me that she sees better (or worse) with her glasses, though when we talk about why she wears glasses, she accepts my explanation that they help her to see.

So have your kids said anything, one way or the other about seeing differently with their glasses?  Did they say something right away, or did it take a while?

12 responses to “what our kids say about their vision

  1. That is an interesting question Ann and one which I find myself asking Paris (two and three months) more often now that she is getting older. I would love to see how she sees the world and feel as though it will be a little easier when she can communicate with me fully on EXACTLY how she sees from her lazy eye with and without glasses. I find the hardest thing about having a baby/toddler in glasses is the fact that they cant communicate with you as to how the glasses are helping them. I am looking forward to the next couple of years when Paris can articulate more about her vision and hopefully understand and appreciate why we have made her suffer with all this patching!! The hardest part for me as her mum is to not know how she sees the world and I just hope that with time and continued wearing of the glasses and patching she will have the best vision she can possibly have and enjoy all the wonders of the world (even in 3D!!). Only time will tell but we are doing all we can that’s for sure.


  2. Aubrie is 4, and she still doesn’t mention anything about her glasses helping her to see better. She will say she really needs her glasses on, if she hasn’t put them on for the day yet. However, for the most part, I think she has accepted the glasses as part of her and doesn’t realize what she sees without them isn’t as “good”. Her poor vision is so normal to her, that I don’t think she knows that it isn’t the same, or as good, as other peoples vision. I’m not sure at what age that realization will come, but we haven’t hit it yet.


  3. I’ve also asked Sophie 3, and she never really said anything until one morning she woke up and was in her bed crying “mama Sophie can’t see, I need my glasses” she’s also has started complaining that she needs band-aids for her eyes because they hurt.
    In a way it’s kinda scary that she’s telling us what she feels and what hurts when it comes to her eyes at the same time it’s good to know what she’s been dealing with the last 14 months since she’s been wearing glasses.


  4. With Gem’s mental disability, limited speech & being only 6 when she first started wearing glasses, she didn’t verbally expressed about seeing better, but simply didn’t take her glasses off when she had them on. Even better, took the initiative to put them on herself. So, I translate her actions as – yes I see better with my eyeglasses.


  5. My little girl is 6 and has just started wearing glasses. She is constantly taking them off and then showing me things that she can’t see clearly, but then if she puts her glasses on she can see “perfect” (her words). Shes had her lens removed in her right eye when she was three and has to wear a prescription contact lens to see at all in her right eye. Her vision isn’t great in her right eye. Her left eye has been fine until now, but unfortunately she has to now have the lens removed in that eye also and start wearing a prescrition lens in that eye too. She never complains about her eyesight and so far it hasn’t stoped her doing anything, and she’s getting on great at school.


  6. I often can simulate my patients’ different types of vision to their mom/dad or whoever is in the exam room with them by using my trial lens kit. For example, if I have a patient who is +4.50 in each eye, I can put -4.50 lenses in front of their eyes to let them see how much they have to strain in order to clear things up…and then I reach in and get my +4.50 lenses that I will prescribe the patient, and voila, everything clears up (-4.50 + +4.50 = 0 or plano, as we call it).

    Same goes for a -7.00 patient. Hold +7.00 lenses in front of mom/dad’s eyes and then “correct” that error with the -7.0 lenses. Now, I do make the assumption that mom/dad’s eyes have little to no uncorrected near or farsightedness and it is much harder to simulate astigmatism with trial lenses.

    If your eye doctor has a trial kit in their office, which they probably do, then ask them next time if they might be able to do this. My patients love it!


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  8. My little guy is 1 1/2 and one of his first words was “glasses”. He isnt able to tell me if he sees better with them or without them but he does point to his eyes and squint in the morning if I dont put them on right away. He also points to his eyes and says glasses and looks sort of surprised if he doesnt feel them there. It will be interesting to see if he mentions his ability to see better with them once hes more verbal.


  9. My little guy turned 4 in December and we learned of his amblyopia at the same time. He started off day one by telling daddy “I can see better without my glasses” and day 2 he was commented on cool new things he could see. Patching, now that’s another story! 😉


  10. Bennett’s been in glasses since he was a year and around 4 years old he started to complain if we took his glasses to clean them – he would tell us, “I need my glasses, I can’t see!” In the pool now he’ll also request his prescription swim goggles so I take that as a positive sign that both are working for him. He does have a very, very strong prescription of -12.5 and -8.


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