Prescribing Glasses for Kids11:07 PM
Common misconception: a glasses prescription isn't a finite, objective number. We don't use a machine to measure your eye and spit a number that's immutable and definite -- if we did it wouldn't look that great to you, the wearer. The visual system is so complex, involving not just the eye itself but the muscles in and around the eye and the visual cortex of the brain, that a measurement of the eye is just one component to a successful glasses prescription. When prescribing for children, doctors are at a distinct disadvantage because the subjective responses of the patient can be unreliable or just plain unusable. Some kids are shy; some are scared; some really, really, really want glasses. The latter are one of the most challenging because as a concerned parent you might worry something must be horribly wrong; your child can't even see the big E! And then of course the doctor tells you "nope all fine, no glasses here" to the wail of your child's disappointment. Today we're talking the art of prescribing for kids -- when to prescribe, what to prescribe, and how to get kids that need glasses wearing them!
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