Glasses For a Five Year Old – Bad Doctors, Worse Prescriptions

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As we’ve noted previously, our five year old is far-sighted and wears bifocals. More specifically, he wears +1 and +3 bifocals. We recently recently took him to his ophthamologist for his yearly exam. The doctor decided to change his prescription to simply a +3 with no bifocals based on a cursory exam during which he said (and I quote) “I think maybe we can get away with…”

As a mom that didn’t sit well with me AT ALL! My “Mommy Sense” was definitely heightened. And to top it off, the follow up appointment wasn’t scheduled for six months!

I took his prescription to Sam’s Club vision center (our local store has a very reliable and helpful Optician). About a week later we picked up the new glasses and, not surprisingly, he couldn’t see at a distance. “It’s blurry,” he complained. I thought maybe this was an adjustment period and it would pass. After about a week of him looking OVER his glasses to see anything far away I decided to call the doctor. Something didn’t seem right.

His receptionist told me flat out that I needed to get my prescription verified at Sam’s Club. I told here that I didn’t think that was the problem and that his distance vision was probably over-corrected. This didn’t seem to matter to her, and she again urged me to get the prescription verified. I pleaded with her that Sam’s Club was on the other side of town, and I knew they had the ability to check prescriptions in their office because they do it every time my son came in for an appointment. Couldn’t we kill two birds with one stone and come straight to the office?

Shockingly, she told me that they could have done that if we had bought our glasses from THEIR optical shop. My son’s only hope of getting a timely appointment (a “need to see the doctor”) was to get the prescription verified, otherwise it would be a “want to see the doctor” appointment and she wasn’t sure when she could fit us in. I hung up the phone, fuming!

I called back a few moments later and asked to talk to a nurse. The nurse finally called me back that afternoon to answer my questions. In summary, she told me that the doctor expected it to be an adjustment and that after two months, if he still couldn’t stand it, then he should come back in to see the doctor. Stay tuned to find out what happens next…

See also: Glasses for a Five Year Old – The Resolution

Published on August 27th, 2007 - 5 Comments
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  1. Sounds to me like it is time for a new doctor.

    Comment by Blaine Moore — Aug 27th 2007 @ 9:33 am
  2. I second Blaine Moore’s comment.

    I have a five (almost six) year-old who wears glasses. Definitely ask around to see if there is an eye doctor in your area who is not only good with kids but also competent. Good office staff is another important thing to consider. We are VERY fortunate to have a great eye doctor in our little town who has taken the time to make sure our daughter’s particular needs are being taken care of.

    Eye health is VERY important. It will be a rough ‘adjustment’ if he learns to look over his glasses all the time.

    Comment by RootAnn — Aug 27th 2007 @ 12:02 pm
  3. I would definitely get another opinion. Especially after reading the part where they said it would be different if you bought the actual glasses from them.

    …also it’s not good for your child to be wearing any prescriptions that isn’t correct. Its a bad adjustment for the eye (hes crazy for saying 2 months for adjustment btw)

    Comment by Oh Baby Gifts — Aug 27th 2007 @ 3:02 pm
  4. I have to agree with the other voices on this post – get an opinion from another eye doctor. There are certainly doctors out there who aren’t sensitive to the cost burden of continually updating/replacing glasses for a young child.

    Even two months can be an awfully long adjustment period for a child just entering school. It could make it hard for him to keep up with his peers in school if he is having trouble seeing the material.

    (I am nearsighted and received glasses at the age of seven, after almost a year of being unable to see the blackboard. My mother had some issues with our eye doctor similar to what you’ve described here.)

    Comment by Anitra — Aug 28th 2007 @ 10:42 am
  5. Bah!
    It’s ridiculous for your son to have to endure two months of this.
    I hope you can get this resolved quickly.
    Wishing you the best…

    Comment by Karen Bastille — Sep 2nd 2007 @ 10:32 pm

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