Many vision defects are inherited, so if there is a history of short or long sightedness, astigmatism or squints in your family, you should have your child’s eyesight regularly checked.
Even if there is no family history it is important to get your child’s eyes checked at 3 years old to ensure early detection of any potential eye disorders. As early diagnosis leads to more effective treatment and younger children are also more likely to accept using spectacles. If there are no problems you should still have your child’s eyes tested every year. Children’s eye examinations are free through the NHS up to the age of 16 years and up to 19 years if they are in full-time education.
It doesn’t matter if your child is too young to talk – our optometrists use modern equipment and specifically designed tests that enable them to detect visual defects at any age.
All our young patients are routinely examined for visual irregularities including:
- Myopia (short sight)
- Hypermetropia (long sight)
- Astigmatism (distorted vision)
- Strabismus (squints)
- Amblyopia (lazy eyes)
- Binocular Vision Problems
- Near Focusing Difficulties
- Stereoscopic Vision (3-D vision)
- Colour Vision Abnormalities
We actively encourage parents to get involved so if you have any questions feel free to ask. And remember eye examinations are fun and DON’T HURT!
Glasses & Contact Lenses for children
If we detect a problem during your child’s eye examination the chances are it can be easily rectified with spectacles or contact lenses. At this stage we’ll discuss with you the best way to fulfil your child’s requirements and prescribe accordingly. In line with NHS legislation a fully qualified Dispensing Optician will always be available to dispense your child’s glasses.