I wrote the other day about the trials and tribulations associated with our five year old’s glasses. A number of commenters suggested that we consider changing doctors, and they’ll be please to know that’s exactly what we did.
If you haven’t read Part 1, be sure to do so. If you’ve already read that, then let’s pick back up where we left off…
On our next trip to Sam’s Club following the run-in with the “bad doctor,” I had Son #3’s glasses re-fitted. During the adjustment, I lamented to our favorite Optician that this whole “vision journey” was very confusing to me and filled him in on some of the details. He recommended that I seek a second opinion and gave me the name of the optometrist (not an opthamologist – the difference is basically that an optomoetrist can’t perform surgery) that he used for his own children. Since Son #3 didn’t need surgery this sounded like a good idea.
The optometrist fit him in two days later after I explained that my son was going to start Kindergarten in less than a week and couldn’t see far away with his current prescription. Needless to say, this eye exam (his second in three weeks) was much more extensive. She took her time with him. At the end, she changed his prescription back to bifocals (+2 and +2 this time). When we got home I gave my son his old glasses back. He was positively giddy as he put them on. With a huge smile he giggled, “I can see again!”
The next day, we put his new prescription in at Sam’s Club and waited about a week for his new glasses. In the mean time, he stayed in his old glasses as he started Kindergarten. I planned to have all this vision confusion behind us before school started. Oh well. He could at least see well, so the delay didn’t cause any problems. My son definitely has a new doctor. The fact that she’s an optometrist, and not an opthalmologist, is totally incidental. At least she took the time to make sure this young patient could see! Ironic, isn’t it? I’m certainly seeing things a lot clearer now. When you feel that “Mommy Sense” perk up, seek a second opinion.