Eye Tests {The Ordinary Moments}

I’m sure I’ve mentioned on the blog in the past that I had a squint as a child and had corrective surgery when I was very young. Since then my eyes have been fine – I use them independently though and my bad eye will go slightly lazy if I’m really tired. I have also always worn glasses and had a period after the operation of wearing a patch over my good eye to strengthen the bad one.

So, since I had the children I have been paranoid about their eyes – almost neurotic. But having spoken to my optician I have been assured that if the children get to seven and don’t develop a squint then they never will – apparently your eyesight is at it’s peak at this age. But even so I always look at their eyes without even thinking about it each morning and again before they go to bed. I notice if their eyes look tired and have always noticed how far away things are that they’re looking at – and the same when reading books up close.

But a couple of weeks ago LP had an eye test with her school nurse – at the same time as being weighed and measured. That afternoon a letter came home to tell us that LP couldn’t read the smallest letters on the chart and she must go and see an optician.

I admit I had a bit of a meltdown at this. It was just so unexpected and so … blunt. I immediately rang our optician and made her an appointment for a few days later. Over the next few days I calmed down about it all, thought that the school nurse was probably being overcautious or had a certain amount of boxes to tick and referrals to make but in the back of my mind I was worried that LP’s eyesight was going down the same route mine had – a childhood full of trips to the optician and specialist eye doctors at the hospital.

The optician appointment came and LP was an absolute star. She was happy that it was a lady and sat proudly in the chair, loving that it moved up and down. Through the appointment she saw everything perfectly, read all the letters and followed the pen when she needed to. At one point she had to wear special glasses that made her vision blurry, I think to put her eyes under strain to see how they coped and I could tell that LP didn’t like that bit at all but she carried on following the instructions and being so brave. Considering it was an environment that she had never been exposed to in the past I was just so proud of her.

In the end we were told that LP’s eyesight was perfect – better than 20/20 vision and she could read all the letter, even the really small ones. It was a relief but it was also a great introduction to LP’s regular optician visits.

Eye Tests {The Ordinary Moments}


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    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Seems odd that the school nurse got a different result! Mind you, you’d rather that than then not catch any problem that could be there. Sounds like LP was a star.

  2. Charlie has had issues with his left eye since a baby and he had to have a patch for a while. Luckily his right eye compensates and he never has any real issues. It’s scary isn’t it? Glad she’s doing so well xx

  3. Glad that everything was ok when you went to the opticians. My 2 started going to the optician when they were 4 as I was concerned they would inherit my poor vision (I wore glasses from the age of 5). Thankfully they seem to be following their dads perfect vision x

  4. I’m so glad all was well. That said, if there are ever any problems in the future, wearing glasses really isn’t the same these days as it used to be I don’t think. The little children’s glasses are so beautiful. Libby adores hers and Lia desperately wishes she could have some!x

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