Question So about 3 years ago my son started complaining of headaches well as best as a 4 year old could his pediactric doctor figured it was allergies so time goes on and the headaches become more regular to the point hes crying my head hurts mom .off and on occurrence...so once he started school I had his eyes checked ....come to find out not allergies at all ...is OD was -3.25 -1.75 020 and his OS was -3.00 -0.50 175 .....but the only explanation i got was his eye sight wasn't to good .....nothing of to what degree etc..... this year hes had some trouble at school, they said hes not up to there standards, academically ...ok hes 7 what are theses standards .....hes failing all subjects ...ok so 2 days ago he broke is 3rd pair of glasses so we go to eye doctor and I was just trying to connect the dots,why or where are all this difficulties my son is having coming from, if you talk to my son verbally hes very smart so I wanted his eyes checked again and today October 15 th made his 1 year any ways ....as of today his OD IS -4.25 -1.00 020 and OS -.4.75 -1.25 172 ...so today they tell his vision is worse and they want to see him every 6 months now .....can you please explain to me just how much of a difference this is from last years exam and just how bad it is they made it sound like its pretty significant ......but compared to what is my son going to be blind one day i mean hes 7 years old ...they just said yes if it doesn't level out as he gets older ...please any info would be appreciated I"m not sure just how bad those numbers are ...should i take him to a specialist, as a professional what should be my next move , how severe is this change. ...very confused and concerned
Answer Progressive myopia which apparently your son has, is not unusual in youngsters. In most Cases this is hereditary with family members having similar condition. Rarely does anyone
Lose their vision permanently from this condition. amblyopia or lazy eye , can affect vision more than simple myopia or myopia astigmatism . Furthermore. So long as his eyes are healthy, a specialist is really not necessary . Any competent eye care physician , optometrist or ophthalmogist, can ascertain if his eyes are healthy or if any eye disease is present. Hope this helps. Dr Berger
Any and all questions with regard to ocular ailments, eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, etc , eye and visual sympomatology, eyeglasses, contact lenses, low or subnormal vision, pediatric vision conditions,and special and unique ailments will be discussed.
36 years of clinical experience in opticianry and therapeutic optometry. Still in private practice with special interests in vision conditions, diagnosing and treating ocular ailments, prescibing treatment plans which include medicine, eyeglasses, and contact lenses primarily. Although surgery is not within the realm of my area of expertise, I co-manage many pre and post -op surgical cases which include Lasik and PRK procedures.
Organizations New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians
American Optometric Association
Education/Credentials B.A.,1968, Hunter College of the City University of New York
B.S.,1970, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
O.D.,1973, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Administration Certification, New Jersey 1992
Awards and Honors Clinical Efficiency Award, 1973, Pennsylvaania College of Optometry