Children's Eyecare at Morrice-Evans Opticians:
WHY SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE AN EYE TEST?
Eye tests are vital health checks. Common eye conditions such as short or long sightedness, astigmatism or lazy eyes can usually be treated very easily. Glasses are not always needed.
Eye tests can help to detect some eye conditions before they affect vision.
Importantly, eye tests can make sure that your child is making the most of their sight and that they can see as clearly as possible.
Eye tests can help to detect other health problems such as diabetes at a very early stage.
WHEN CAN MY CHILD HAVE AN EYE TEST?
You can start taking care of your child’s eyes from a very early age. We advise that your child has an eye test every year from the age of three, unless your optometrist advises otherwise.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY CHILD’S EYE TEST?
The optometrist will carry out different tests to assess your child’s vision and to check the health of their eyes. It does not matter if your child does not know the alphabet. The optometrist can use pictures and symbols instead of letters to rest your child’s vision. The optometrist will also check if your child’s eyes work properly together and whether their eyes are developing as expected.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE EYE HEALTH CHECK?
An eye test does not necessarily mean that your child will be prescribed glasses. If your child does have a prescription after their eye test, they can choose a frame for their glasses from a very wide range designed specifically for children.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD NEEDS AN EYE TEST?
Although every child is different, some if the more common signs that your child may benefit from an eye test are:
Sitting close to the whiteboard in class.
Complaining of headaches, tiredness or eye strain.
Underperforming at school, eg difficulty in concentrating.
Sitting close to the television or computer screen
Losing their place when reading or using a finger to track text
Having problems paying ball games
Closing, itching or covering one or both eyes
8. Staying inside on bright days because of the glare