30 Oct 2012

Patches, Glasses And Children


My oldest Lucas who is 6 in a few months has been wearing glasses since he was 4, when he got the standard eye test at nursery. They found out he had a lazy left eye and that his right eye was over compensating, making it have perfect vision. Where most children are long sighted to begin with. Lucas however didn't notice anything wrong with his eyes as he could see perfectly fine or so he thought. He's eye sight in his left eye was pretty bad, it was about 7 lines short of where they say is acceptable. The opticians at the hospital prescribed him glasses with right lens being plain glass and the left with a strong prescription. 

Children Glasses
Lucas had no issues wearing his glasses, I think it helped that several children in his nursery wore them and his big cousin who is the same age as him had just gotten glasses too. Plus they look fantastic. His first set had Mr Tickle on them and his new ones are blue square rimmed which look fab. None of these National Health spectacles children used to have to wear when I was at school, that looked more like these. 

Comedy Glasses
The glasses wearing isn't a problem to Lucas it's the patches. He started wearing patches about 1 1/2 years ago. He enjoyed wearing them to begin with, they look fab and nothing like the ones of yesteryear. They are funky, colourful and have some great designs. Recently they also have posters the child can add their used patch to, to make a collage. When he was at the opticians in March he was told this would be his last lot of patches. Now he's lucky he doesn't wear them to school, he only wears them for 3-4 hours per day and that's when he comes in from school until bedtime. A little longer at the weekend.

The patches are designed to boost the lazy eye by stopping the good eye from over compensating. You have until a child is roughly seven to improve their eyesight before their eyes stop growing and changing, so it;s a short time frame. After this length of time he his fed up wearing them and it's a struggle to get him to. We use a reward chart and patches are part of this, he gets there but it's hard going on him. He doesn't see the huge difference they have made to his eye sight as he can see normally with both eyes. Albeit more in 2 dimension than 3 but to him it's normal. When we were there last month, he was told he had to wear them for another two months and to wean his eyes off them and he broke his little heart. I didn't manage to get him some pink patches for a change. I have no idea why they resort to pink ones for girls and blue for boys, they are children, but hey ho that's another post. Fingers crossed he won't be too much longer. 

Patches

Because I wear glasses I make sure that my children get their eyesight checked regularly. Particularly I got mine when I was still at school as I was having difficulty reading the blackboard. Make sure you get your child's eye sight checked regularly, it can help with other diagnosis and also save on disruptive children, because they are struggling to see. I was lucky both my boys got tested early. The problems with Lucas' were picked up early on and there is a good chance his will be improved greatly by the time he is seven because of this. 

Glasses
Children's glasses get tossed and trodden on, bashed and bumped all the time. I lose count of the amounts of times I have to take Lucas' back to the options to get straighted and adjusted. I recently read about Specsavers and their new range for children which are made with Trvex, which is the same material used in windscreens of combat helicopters. Now these are what I'm going for next when Lucas needs his glasses repaired. Lucas loves to play football and I'm always worried about the ball hitting him in the face, or his glasses breaking when he falls. With this new range I need not worry. The supertough lenses are standard from Specsavers for under 16's too, with cool designs. I'm not the only one who worries about this am I?

Now I've worn glasses since I was 12. I'm used to it, but sometimes I like a change. So I wear Acuvue contact lenses. I've found these are most comfortable to wear and because I don't wear them everyday the daily disposables keep well. I've tried the monthly disposable ones too but they'd be better if I wore them daily. I'm not sure whether I look better in glasses or contacts, I like the chance to change now and again. What do you think? I wonder if Lucas will wear contacts when he's older?

ContactsGlasses
I will keep wearing my contacts or glasses and support Lucas in his patch wearing. I hope he gets to stop wearing them just in time for his 6th birthday. In the meantime I will continue to encourage him. They have made a huge difference to his eyes as they are only 1 line away from being normal sight. But unfortunately he doesn't see this. He doesn't see what a huge difference it's made as he can still see and his glasses aren't a noticeable improvement, where as when I put mine on it's night and day.

Do you get your children's eyes tested regularly? Do you were glasses or contacts? Any tips on encouraging Lucas to keep wearing his patch?

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