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4 year old eye astigmatism help !!

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4 year old eye astigmatism help !!

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my son is 4 year old... I took him to eye doctor as he has eye infection. She checked his eyes and said he has eye astigmatism and needs to wear glasses. She referred my son to a pediatric ophthalmologist. My heart is broken. I am not able to digest the idea of wearing my son glasses. We dint notice symptoms earlier, his kindergarten teacher never complained about this. Any help and suggestions would be helpful fir me. Thanks in advance!! I
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What exactly are your worried about?
The astigmatism has been diagnosed and your child has to wear glasses...doesn't seem to be severe.
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^ what is the problem exactly? Lots of little kids wear glasses, it’s only a big deal if you make it one. There are many more serious things to be heart broken over, glasses is not one of them.

My advice, is follow the optometrist advice, often at the younger ages, they need to be monitored more frequently, ours had our kids going every 6 months, Prescriptions changes all the time some for worst some better at the young ages.
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Nearly everybody has astigmatism. Its no big deal. When the kid is old enough, they can get laser surgery to remove it if they want. Which is also pretty much a painless process as well.
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VidyaB47164 wrote:
Jan 2nd, 2019 4:04 pm
hi

my son is 4 year old... I took him to eye doctor as he has eye infection. She checked his eyes and said he has eye astigmatism and needs to wear glasses. She referred my son to a pediatric ophthalmologist. My heart is broken. I am not able to digest the idea of wearing my son glasses. We dint notice symptoms earlier, his kindergarten teacher never complained about this. Any help and suggestions would be helpful fir me. Thanks in advance!! I
OMG!!! Four-eyed freak!!!!!

But seriously.... What's wrong with wearing glasses?
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Maybe OP doesn't have extended health benefits or benefits that include eyeglasses.
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jay-em wrote:
Jan 2nd, 2019 10:37 pm
Maybe OP doesn't have extended health benefits or benefits that include eyeglasses.
https://www.optom.on.ca/OAO/ESEL/OAO/ES ... Learn.aspx

Also: Loblaw that provides free eyeglasses for kids. Once per year, kids ages 4 to 10 who have a recent prescription can get a free pair of eyeglasses. (This program is available across Canada in Loblaw grocery stores with an Optical Department. So, depending on what grocery stores you have in your neck of the woods, you can get access to this program at a Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaws, Zehrs, Fortinos, Independent, Atlantic Superstore or Dominion store with an Optical Department).
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Must be a troll, right? First post is this?
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jay-em wrote:
Jan 2nd, 2019 10:37 pm
Maybe OP doesn't have extended health benefits or benefits that include eyeglasses.
I don't think this is it because the OP's heart is literally broken. Could be a troll post.
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So I'm guessing OP might be South Asian... for some reason, my peeps take glasses as a very negative thing.

For OP, I'd strongly suggest you be positive and get your son glasses. Don't make him feel bad about it... at this point you want him to wear his glasses as much as possible. It's not a reflection on you, nor your parenting abilities, it's just nature.

My eyes went badly at a very young age, and my south Asian mom literally wept and made me feel like a failure. I ended up not wanting to wear my glasses... so I didn't. End result was my eyes got worse ( meaning she cried at every annual appointment), I couldn't see at school and my grades suffered and I had awful self esteem and low confidence, largely because she made me feel so hideous.

Crying about it and making your son feel bad is the worst thing you can do. Best case scenario, he grows out of it. Worst case.. he has to wear glasses... there's contact lenses and laser eye surgery options.... and at least there's technology out there today where the coke bottles of yester year no longer have to happen.
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Would you rather the problem not be detected and go uncorrected? Kids eyes don't reach maturity until 7 or 8 so astigmatisms are often corrected with glasses if caught young enough. You should be thankful
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clseea wrote:
Jan 19th, 2019 12:47 am
Would you rather the problem not be detected and go uncorrected? Kids eyes don't reach maturity until 7 or 8 so astigmatisms are often corrected with glasses if caught young enough. You should be thankful
Refractive error rarely just magically goes away. The risk of not treating is developmental and learning delay.

But on the bright side, there are lots of options for treating such. Glasses, contact lenses, Ortho-K, and when the kid is older, PRK.
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burnt69 wrote:
Jan 19th, 2019 6:38 pm
Refractive error rarely just magically goes away. The risk of not treating is developmental and learning delay.

But on the bright side, there are lots of options for treating such. Glasses, contact lenses, Ortho-K, and when the kid is older, PRK.
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Kids wearing glasses is so common, The Wiggles have a song called "I put my glasses on".
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When my son was an infant and suffering through eczema, my heart was broken to see him oozing, itchy and red. My friend who has a two year old found a grape sized lump on his belly and found out to be a tumour. He went into surgery and had it removed. It did spread into his kidneys. He is now undergoing chemo. All if this at two years old. Just be thankful that its only astigmatism and not something like cancer. I would probably break down if my kids had cancer.

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