Your child’s eyesight is precious

about-us-imageDid you know your little one can have their eyes tested from as young as three years old? Without good vision children can suffer enormous setbacks in their education and everyday activities.

As well as monitoring the development of your child’s vision, regular visits to the optician allows an optical professional to spot any potential problems at an early stage. The sooner they are diagnosed the more likely they are to be successfully treated.

One in five children has an undetected eye problem. However, in most cases children aren’t even aware they have blurred vision, so don’t rely on them to tell you. Tell-tale signs to look out for include:

  • Rubbing the eyes a lot
  • Sitting closer to the TV, or holding books or objects close to the face
  • Screwing up the eyes or frowning when reading or watching TV
  • Clumsiness or poor hand and eye co-ordination

“We appreciate that children may not want to spend their precious time in the optician’s chair. We have therefore developed some great ways to keep your child entertained during their eye examination, using a combination of good humour and testing techniques.”

Tanveer Asaria – Optician

Regular eye tests are very important for children’s eye care and development; the good news is that for children under the age of 16 (or under 19 and in full time education) they are totally free through the NHS.

For more on Children’s Vision and Learning please click here

Spectacles for young eyes

Finally, should your child require glasses once their vision has been tested, they’re in for a treat. We have more than a hundred exciting frames to choose from including Bench Kids and Ray-Ban Junior. Plastic and polycarbonate lenses are recommended as these are safe and can be treated with scratch-resistant and reflection-free coatings.

With recent technological advances, contact lenses can be used to correct eyesight problems as soon as vision correction is identified. Our friendly, qualified optician, Tanveer has many years of experience fitting children as young as eight with contact lenses.