Good vision is essential in childhood development and regular eye examinations are the key to good vision.
Research has shown that one in five school children has an undetected eye problem. As 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, many children cannot see well enough to reach their full potential or enjoy everyday childhood activities as much as they could.
A child may not realise if their vision is not clear – they assume the way they see is normal. Therefore regular eye examinations are advised for all children under the age of 16 at least once a year.
Typical warning signs to look out for:
- One eye turns in, out, up or down
- Complaints of frequent headaches
- Frequently rubs eyes or blinks a lot
- Squinting of eyes when reading or watching television
- Avoids reading, writing or drawing
- Has difficulty catching a ball
- Fails to make expected progress at school
- Develops behavioural or concentration problems at school
Children should have their first eye examination by the age of four, sooner if any problems are suspected. The earlier a problem is detected, the more effectively it can be treated.
It doesn’t matter if your child is too young to talk or read a letter chart, as we use a range of techniques and modern equipment to detect visual problems at any age.
Our Director Optometrist Sachin Patel is only one of a minority outside of a hospital setting that holds a post graduate professional certificate in paediatric care, meaning your children eye exam is undertaken with an optometrist with a special interest in children eye prescriptions.
Equipment used is a computerised test chart which allows us to use pictures, numbers, shapes as well as letters to check the child’s vision. We also have the best evidence based children testing equipment and a child friendly machine which in a matter of seconds reads a prescription, this gives us a huge headstart on a childs vision assessment.
Safarian & Simon Opticians provides free NHS eye tests for all eligible children under 16 and those under 19 and in full time education. If a child is found to need spectacles, a contribution is provided by the NHS.
At Safarian & Simon Opticians, we stock a wide range of spectacles specially designed for childrens’ faces to choose from. Many have soft nose pads for extra comfort and sprung hinges to withstand extra wear and tear. We are also pro-active in fitting young children with soft contact lenses, there is good evidence to suggest this can slow down the myopic progression compared to spectacle only use. So remember, regular eye examinations could be crucial for your child’s health care and personal development, so don’t delay and contact Safarian & Simon Opticians for an appointment as soon as possible.