In order to ensure early detection of disorders, we recommend your child have an eye examination at 3 years old and if there are no problems then at least every year from then on.
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. Remember, early diagnosis leads to more effective treatment and younger children are also more likely to accept using spectacles.
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.
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 and 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 to dispense your child’s glasses. 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.