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Children's eye health.
Children's eye health.
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Children can be tested at any age. It is recommended that an optometrist sees them before they start school and start learning to read. Often, vision problems can be the reason a child does not perform well at school, for example because they cannot see the board. The earlier a problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment. Children's eyes are fully developed by the time they are 8 years old so it is very important to have any eye problems detected before this.
However, when they are checked at school, it is not a full eye test. Their distance vision is normally checked but this will not detect all levels of long-sight. Short sight and large squints may be detected, but the school checks are not usually carried out by an eye care professional. For a full eye test you should take your child to a registered Optometrist. If left undetected for too long, some sight defects cannot be corrected.
Your child's first eye check is usually a post-natal check at 1 year. They should then be re-tested before they start school by an Optometrist. This will pick up any problems that may lead to problems that may lead to poor development at school. At primary school, your child's eyesight should be assessed by the local health board. However, only 60% of schools now provide eye tests so it is important you register your child with an Optometrist.
Some of the most common symptoms that could indicate your child may be experiencing problems with their sight are:
If detected early enough we can ensure children's eye problems have a minimum impact on their lives.
At Vision Express our children's eye test covers 7 keys steps:
All children under 16 qualify for an NHS voucher entitling them to a free eye test.
In addition if your child needs glasses they will also qualify for an NHS voucher that enables them to choose free glasses from a selected range. Alternatively, for an additional charge, they can select glasses from our other exciting children's ranges, all available at an affordable price.
If your child needs glasses they will qualify for an NHS voucher that enables them to choose free glasses from a selected range. Alternatively, for an additional charge, they can select glasses from our other exciting children's ranges, all available at an affordable price.
Children's glasses take a lot of 'wear and tear'. Following the simple steps below can help prolong the life of their glasses;
Retinoblastoma is a rare form of eye cancer which generally affects children under 5 years old. Symptoms include a white reflection or absence of 'red eye' in flash photographs. It is treatable but if signs are noticed they must be checked out as soon as possible. For more details visit our Retinoblastoma page or CHECT.org.uk.