Looking After Young Eyes

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Regular eye examinations are important for your child's healthcare and personal development. If children have poor vision, they will find it difficult to learn at school as well as enjoy everyday childhood activities.

Introduction

How much does it cost?

That is why NHS offers free eye tests to all children under 16 and full-time students under 19. And if your child does need glasses, you will receive a contribution towards the cost and be able to choose from a wide range of spectacles specially designed for children's faces.

How our practice provides professional eyecare for children.

If you have any questions about looking after your child's vision, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Good eyesight is every child's passport to the future and we are here to help

Caring for Young Eyes

Did you know that one in five school children have undetected eye problems? Or that without early treatment, vision defects such as 'lazy eye' can become permanent disabilities?

The importance of good eyesight in childhood cannot be overstated. Around 19% of a child's learning occurs visually, yet many children do not see well enough to reach their full potential

Part of the problem is that children may not recognise they have a visual defect. It's also easy for parents to think there's nothing wrong with their child's eyesight, not realising that vision can change quickly as young eyes develop. That's why annual eye examinations are so important for children.

Of course, if you suspect that something is wrong with your child's eyesight, you should make an appointment with us as soon as possible.

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Typical Warning Signs are:

  • Excessive blinking
  • Squinting
  • Peering closely at books and television
  • Bumping into objects
  • Poor performance at school

Testing Young Eyes

Ideally your child should have an eye test before his first birthday, with further check-ups at around eighteen months and three years. That way any problems can be discovered well before school starts. A large proportion of squints, for example, develop before the age of three.

It doesn't matter if your child is too young to talk or read a letter chart. Our optometrist (opthalmic optician) can use a range of techniques and modern equipment to detect visual problems at any age. You are also encouraged to take part in the eye test and ask any questions about your child's vision

Spectacles for Young Eyes

You'll find that our practice offers a wide range of attractive styles specially designed for young faces. Many frames have soft nose pads for extra comfort and sprung hinges to stand up to the rough and tumble of everyday life.

Children must feel comfortable about wearing spectacles - or they won't wear them when they should. So we take great care to explain why glasses are important, as well as ensuring that they fit well and look good.

Normally we supply modern plastic lenses as they are safer and lighter than glass. They are available with special coatings which resist scratches and block out potentially harmful UV light. For even greater protection, however, there are lenses made of polycarbonate. Although more expensive, they are virtually unbreakable and are ideal for children.

We will discuss the different options with you and only recommend spectacles that suit both your child's needs and your budget.

Good vision is essential for your child's development and regular eye examinations are the key to good vision. The earlier any problem is detected, the greater the chances of it being corrected. So even if nothing appears to be wrong, it's important to ensure your child has a sight test at least once a year.

Remember that it costs nothing to have your child's eyes examined at our practice by a fully qualified optometrist. We provide a professional eyecare service for children, together with stylish spectacles at affordable prices.