Good vision is every child’s passport to the future. Without it, children can suffer enormous setbacks to learning and to the development of all their life skills. We believe in providing a comfortable and friendly environment to enable our younger patients to feel at ease and be happy when they have their eyes examined. One in five children have an undetected eye problem.
We recommend that children should have their eyes examined at least once a year. A child’s vision is fully developed by the age of 8, and without early diagnosis and treatment vision defects such as ‘squints’ or “lazy eyes’ can became permanent.
Typical warning signs are:
- Excessive blinking
- Squinting or screwing up the eyes to see
- Peering closely at books and TV
- Poor performance at school
- Reluctance in Reading
Regular eye examination helps them
Ideally your child should have its first eye examination when aged approximately 12 months. We should then re-examine at 18 months and then at 36 months so that we can detect early development of any disorder well before school age.Just as children visit the Dentist at regular intervals, so it’s worth making regular visit the Dentist at regular intervals, so it’s worth making regular visits to the Optometrist.Vision defects such as Short & Long sightedness and astigmatism can be inherited, so if there is a history of these in your family, then your children’s eyesight should be examined on a regular basis.
Free eye examination (NHS)
Under the NHS an eye examination is available without change all children up to the age of 16, 19 if they are in full time education. If a correction is required, parents are entitled to a NHS voucher to use as payment towards the cost of spectacles or contact lenses. We have an extensive range of contemporary children’s frames, Mira-Flex frames, special charts and lots to look at and read, to make your child feel as comfort as possible. Our sight examinations are fun and don’t hurt.