For a few weeks now, my Mom’s been bugging me to bring Peaches to an Ophthalmologist to have her eye checked. I have mentioned Peaches squinting and it seems that she couldn’t read letters well. My Mom knew this scenario too well. I was the same age as Peaches when I was brought to the Ophthalmologist and had my first eyeglasses prescribed.
So last weekend, we brought both girls to The Medical City for eye check up and baby well check up with their Pediatrician.
Sadly, Peaches’ eye grade is at 250 both eyes and she has astigmatism too. I felt really bad that she started with high grade which will only mean, she’s been walking around with a blurry vision for quite a while now.
If you are going through the same process with your kid, these tips might help you:
1. Bring your kid to an Ophthalmologist first before going to an Optometrist. What’s the difference between the two? It’s huge.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialized in the eyes. They can diagnose, treat eye problems and can perform eye surgery as well.
Optometrists are healthcare professionals who perform vision care and sight testing. They are not medical doctors but received a doctor of optometry degree in College. (Think: Dentists)
Eye exams will be performed and it will include dropping medicine in your child’s eye to stimulate its dilatation. After prescribing the proper eyeglass grade/correction for your child, the doctor might ask you to come back after a month (counting begins the first day your child wore the glasses) for a second check up.
2. Better to call the hospital or clinic first to set an appointment.
3. After getting Peaches’ prescription, we went to Megamall for her eyeglass fitting.
4. We chose Executive Optical as it’s very reliable and helpful. Their frames are affordable as well as their lenses.
5. Make sure you bring your prescription from the Optha and show it to the Optometrist because they will need to follow this.
6. We chose a less expensive frame from Nickelodeon’s line because it’s her first time to use eyeglasses and I don’t want to pay for something she might break at some point.
There were cute Hello Kitty frames for kids but it was expensive for a first timer.
The frame cost us P750 (it was on sale, used to be P1,200) and the lenses are P995
I think it was pretty okay considering the eyeglasses look great and looked similar to the expensive ones. The Executive Optical personnel who helped us really took her time looking for the best frames for us. We went home really happy with EO.
After wearing her glasses, she said she didn’t know things are normally THIS clear.
My poor baby.
Now she doesn’t have to tell her teacher she needs to sit in front because she can’t see. She’s usually seated at the back because she’s tall. By the way, both myself and my husband are wearing eyeglasses and have broken eyes. So as both of our parents.
great tips you have there, wore glasses when i was in grade 2, lucky y daughter’s vision is so far perfect 🙂
Thank you for those helpful tips. I’m lucky and so is Kyle that we still have 20-20 vision. I could imagine how difficult it is for a kid to have a grade of 250 on each eye. At least, you’re early to help her.
Awww.. I also felt bad when she said that things are this clear pala.. Anyway, I have been bugging my sister to go to ophthalmologist rather than optometrist din kasi sabi ko susukatan ka agad nyan ng glasses unlike sa doctors, they can check your eyes first.
I had my daughter’s eyes checked when she was just one years old. Buti naman everything was normal. She was squinting because of an allergy lang pala.
One of my fears. :s Both hubby and I are nearsighted, so my kids are at high risk too. I’m glad your daughter’s vision is already being corrected. 🙂
Thank you for the tips, Renz! We really must be pro-active when it comes to our kids’ health.
Great tips! I wore glasses on the third grade and I remember we went straight to the optometrist. :-S
I’m also confused between Ophthalmologist and Optometrist, good thing you made it clear here 🙂 Thanks for the helpful tips.
So many kids these days wear prescription eyeglasses, perhaps because of early exposure to gadgets, like in the case of my son. He started wearing eyeglasses last school year. I also bought him a spare one because he already came home with a missing nose pad and a missing screw and chipped/cracked lens.
Thanks for the tips! My daughter naman wants to wear glasses kahit na walang problem sa eyes… porma lang.