Children’s Eye Care
Children’s vision is often misunderstood. We think they can ‘see fine so they must be ok’, but it is quite easy to ‘see fine’ even if one eye isn’t working properly (we call this a lazy eye or amblyopia).
Sometimes they can be straining their eyes without realising it and because they have nothing to compare their vision against, they can’t tell us if there’s anything wrong.
Children should start having their eyes examined as early as possible – we recommend that 3 years old is an ideal time for a first test, but always get them checked sooner if you have any concerns. In particular look out for a white pupil in baby photos (leukocoria) or an eye turning in or out.
Schools don’t have to check children’s sight any more, so it is unfortunately common for children to struggle with learning because of undetected vision problems. Even if they do have school check, get them tested properly as it’s possible to have visual difficulties (such as being longsighted) and still see to the bottom of the letter chart.
Children’s eye exams are funded by the NHS so there’s really no reason not to!
There are many simple ways of examining children, so don’t worry that they won’t be able to do the test; we have all sorts of pictures and matching games on our computerised charts and we try to make their visit fun! You can learn more in our FAQs on children’s vision, or ask our Opticians a question.
If your child does need glasses, we have a fantastic range of children’s frames (even for babies and toddlers!) and can help you out with complete priced spare pairs and sunglasses, as well as providing discounted coatings and Transitions lenses for children. We’re even happy to fit them with contact lenses if you’re happy that they will look after them carefully!