Your child’s eyesight affects more than their ability to see. Hand-eye co-ordination, sports performance and self confidence can all be affected by poor vision in childhood.
Children can be tested at any age. It is recommended that the latest an Optometrist sees them, is before they start school and start learning to read. However, babies as young as 6 months can be tested. Often, vision problems can be the reason why a child does not perform well at school, for example because they cannot see the board. The earlier the problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment. Our eyes develop in the first decade of life, so it is very important to have any problems detected early.
If there is a history in your family of eye problems such as squints, lazy eyes or wearing glasses, it is especially important for your child to be tested. Your child does not need to be able to read for a test to be accurate; we have tests especially designed for your little one and our Optometrist will be delighted to tailor a test for your child.
Although children have an eye check at nursery and school, this is not a full eye test. Their distance vision is normally checked but this will not detect all levels of long-sight.