This question came in from Wendi, who has experience with a toddler in glasses, but is now facing having her 6 month old in glasses, too. Those of you with babies in glasses, what tips do you have? – Ann Z
My daughter was iagnosed with strabismus and hyperopia (farsightedness) at the age of 2. She is now 4 1/2 and we have just started to patch one eye for 4 hours/day. The diagnosis was a shock to us because neither my husband nor I are farsighted, in fact we are both nearsighted and have low presciptions (plus, no farsightedness on either side of the family). My daughter was a preemie at 7 weeks early, so I thought that maybe that was the cause. Anyway, last month we brought our 6 month old son to get his eyes check per the recommendation of the doctor (apparently, it is common practice that if a sibling has eye issues, to have the child checked early). We were shocked to learn that our son’s eyes are worse that our daughters (my daughter has a prescription of +5.0 on both sides, whereas, my son is +8.0 on both sides). My first question is for those that had glasses on babies… do we go with the straps or not ? We are having a hard time getting glasses that are small enough. Also, I am inclined to get a second opinion….did you? I just don’t feel that my doctor was thorough enough…it was more like, “Yup, same as his sister, here’s your prescription.” Why glasses so early? Will his eyes improve? Will they get worse if he doesn’t wear them? Is eye therapy an option? I would just love to hear your experiences with babies and glasses.