|From Iederene's blog|
Recently Piglet complained she couldn't see properly and asked to be taken to the optician. I'm afraid my immediate thought was: 'Who in the class has got trendy new glasses?' I have 20/20 vision and have only just - at the age of 50 - managed to get reading glasses, whereas the Fella has always had poor vision, so I suppose the idea that there might be minor eyesight problems which don't show up immediately didn't occur to us.
When I took Piglet to the optician, it emerged that she has amblyopia - sometimes called 'lazy eye' although people with the condition dislike this term. There are a number of conditions collected under this label including squints, most of them more obvious than Piglet's problem. Piglet's eye muscles are simply not working as effectively when she looks at a distance. Last year in school she was at the front of the class; this year she is sitting at the back and can't read what's on the whiteboard. Unusually, Piglet has it in both eyes, not just one.
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It isn't a major problem, it won't stop Piglet being able to drive or anything when she gets older. Her teacher is sympathetic and arranging to move her to a better position in the class without taking her away from the table of other pupils where she has been doing well.
You can never be perfect as a parent. But I do wish I'd taken her for the early years eye tests.