When should I get my child’s eyes checked?
It is recommended for children to have their first Eye Examination around the age of 3 and then every year routinely up to the age of 16. If you have any concerns before then, you should of course visit us earlier. We adjust the tests used depending on the child’s age and ability e.g. using picture charts instead of letter charts and using more objective tests. Children up to the age of 18 and in full time education, are entitled to a free NHS eye test.
Should I get my child’s eyes tested even though they are not complaining of anything?
Absolutely yes! It is now widely known that visual issues can lead to misdiagnosed problems with reading and counting, with many people believing the child is struggling academically, when in fact they just can’t see very clearly. They may not always notice themselves if there has been a change in their vision, so it’s often routine eye examinations that discover something is not quite right.
At The Optical Co. we allow plenty of time for children’s eye tests as we understand visiting the Opticians can be a daunting experience.
As an Independent Opticians we have no time pressures from a head office telling us how long we can spend on each appointment, therefore we will take as much time as needed to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for all our little patients.
Does my child need glasses?
If you notice your child sits more closely to the TV than usual, or if they hold a book closer than normal, they may have Myopia (short-sightedness) or Hypermetropia (long-sightedness) respectively.
Children’s eyes are even more susceptible to UV damage than adults. Wearing Sunglasses regularly from a young age can help to prevent UV related eye problems later in life. Sunglasses are available with and without prescription lenses.
We have a great collection of Glasses for children so they can feel confident and happy wearing them. Our popular Award winning Tomato Glasses are the most child friendly glasses around. Unlike other brands, Tomato Glasses can be adjusted in several different ways making them super comfortable and therefore more likely to be kept on! This is why they are the most recommended brand for younger children and babies.