Childrens Eye Examination
Up to a million children in the UK currently have undetected visual problems. Only 7% of children aged under 5 are taken to the opticians, yet potentially as many as a third of children in England may be at risk of avoidable and lifelong vision problems going undetected, which can affect their education and cause permanent damage to their sight.
At Eye Academy we have many specialist ways of checking children’s vision and examining their eyes. We endeavour to make your child’s eye examinations as relaxed and fun as possible, ensuring we work at their pace.
Children rarely complain about their sight, but often show in their behaviour that there may be a problem with their vision. This can include sitting too close to the TV, rubbing their eyes a lot, holding objects very close to the face, blinking a lot or one eye turning either in or out. If you think your child is experiencing any sort of sight problems, contact us to book an appointment today.
The earlier any problems are picked up, the better the outcome. If you have any concerns about your child's eyes, or if there is a history of squint or lazy eye in the family, it is important that you do not wait for the vision screening at school. Visual problems are not limited to a prescription; it is also important to have your child’s eyes tested in order to gain a thorough view of the health of their eyes, as often a systemic health problem can also present in the eyes.
Children do not have to be able to read to have their eyes examined. It is possible to see whether the child has a squint, or needs glasses, without asking them any questions, using age appropriate tests and equipment. Eye examinations do not hurt. It might be necessary to put drops into your child’s eyes so that they can be tested to see if they need glasses and to gain a good view of the back of the eyes. If this is the case for your child, it will be discussed with you in advance.