My daughter who was about 10 and was having a lot of problems in school with her reading. At 10 she was only just starting to be able to read. She'd been in the "special" classes for extra help, almost right from the start of her schooling as she had learning difficulties. I put all her reading issues down to her learning problems that is until she started saying she actually couldnt read the letters as she couldnt see well. She'd also started getting a lot of headaches at school. It was at this point that I also noticed that she tried to hold her books so close to her eyes while reading too, trying to see them properly.
Realising that she had an eye problem I booked her straight in to see an eye specialist. He saw her but said he couldnt work out exactly what was wrong so he refered her on to a childrens eye specialist. A few mths later (she was about 11 by now) our appointment there came up so we went but the children eye specialist ended up telling me "She's faking it, just ignore her". I insisted no she wasnt as I'd seen just how upset her sight issue was making her, I was positive she wasnt but he just wouldnt listen and replied something like "Girls have a tendancy to fake, Im only seen girls being brought in who are faking, two others besides your daughter this year in fact". After seeing the two different eye specialists and getting no where with her problem, I gave up with this. (My daughter was born with medical issues..so I had too much other things to focus on). As she couldnt read her work sheets at school, they just kept blowing up pages for her so she could and at times got other students to sit with her to tell her what was written on the blackboard otherwise she couldnt read that either. It was still a problem as she couldnt read what she wanted to read at home which upset her.. she wanted to know "mum why wont the doctors fix my eyes, why wont they believe me?".
My daughter who's 15 now, lives with her father and goes to a different school. It was very obvious to the school that she couldnt see her work so they told her father to take her to an eye specialist. He ended up taking her to the one I'd taken her to when she was about 10. That eye specialist was apparently shocked and told her dad "she had an eye problem so I sent her to the childrens specialist but I never heard back" (Im a bit annoyed that he never years ago told me that he actually was sure she did have an eye problem.. all he had said to me was "I dont know what's wrong so I'll refer her on to childrens eye specialist. If he'd told me he was sure she had a problem of some kind, I would of taken her back there). Well long story made short, my daughter finally now has her glasses and can finally see!!!!!
Im so angry at the childrens eye specialist.. Faking it!!! Faking it not!! My daughter has struggled all the way throu school in special classes cause of this