ds has been given glasses for reading (which he has lost already - another story ) but optician recommended he saw a consultant. Can't help feeling this is a bit of a racket - but anyway - I'll go along with it. So she recommended two in the Charlemont clinic - anyone been and have feedback?
I wouldn't say it is a racket, I'd go with your optician's recommendation. We recently discovered DS has a slight squint, also long sighted and was given glasses immediately. I'm only hoping his eyes will come right. He is a much happier child now that he can see properly. I was shocked at how bad his eyes were.
Don't know any of the consultants in the Charlemont clinic.
One of my DDs go to Donal Brosnahan in the Charlemont clinic I find him very good. He checks the other 2 as well occasionally and has never charged extra for that.
I don't think it is a racket. With children certain eyesight problems can be corrected if they are caught early and if they aren't there can be a permenant loss of vision.
I go to O'Connor in the Charlemont Clinic, have done for years and he is very good. I have chronic eyesight and I have to say if there's any doubt about eyesight it's well worth getting it checked out. it's the most valuable thing in the world and I thank God that my parents were on top of it from when I was very young. I know I'll be looking out for any problems with my LO given my history!
I would highly reccomend Dr. Brosnahan in Charlemont.
I took DS2 there a couple of years back because I was concerned he had a turn in his eye.
Dr. Brosnahan gave him a full eye check (lot's of kiddy type pictures), took around 35 minutes, and it turns out DS has perfect eye sight but the bridge of his nose is wide and that's the reason it "appears" he has a slight turn, but he doesn't.
I personally feel if it were a money making racket he could have asked me to come back in 6 months/1 year..... but he didn't
brilliant thanks for the feedback. It just seemed like the optician was perfectly capable and professional - wasn't sure why he was being referred. But anyway will make an apt. with one of the two above (who were the two recommended as it happens).
Another one recommending Donal Brosnahan, DH had congenital cateracts and he did the operation on both his eyes five years ago. Because of this both DS and DD have to be checked once a year as it develops over time. Mr Brosnahan checks them and is great, often only charges for one and is really great with the kids.
Not that you need anymore recommendations but another one here for Dr Brosnahan!!! DS1 goes to him and since my own eye consultant retired last year, I am now his patient as well.
It's very important for children's eyesight issues to be monitored closely so I agree with the recommendation of seeing a consultant. Dr B checked DS2 as well because of DS1's issues but found nothing - checked him a year later to be sure and has now told me he doesn't need to be checked again til school age. Also told me he'll just give me a quick check once a year coz I seem to be fine based on my initial appointment with him. He won't keep you coming back if there's no need.
Hi, I think it depends on how old the child is as to whether an "ordinary optician" or a more specialised person is required. Eldest had some eye problems and was referred to the Eye and Ear at an early stage. Along the way I did ask the question as to whether I could go to an optician rather than the hassle and queue time in the Eye and Ear and was told that generally opticians dont treat certain eye problems in children under 8. I was lucky at the time in that the wait time for an appointment was 3 months, so didnt go the private route. (was already down that with ENT)
Thanks for the advice ladies. Couldn't get an appointment with Brosnahan, but met a lovely man in Blackrock Clinic - Mr. Paul O'Brien. He is young and was great with DS. Would highly recommend him.