Just as children’s mobility and brains develop quickly, so too do their eyes. Your children’s eyesight is their most precious sense and is essential for a happy healthy childhood.
Up to 80% of learning in primary school is visually based and unknowingly many children struggle because of undetected eye problems. Good vision will help your child flourish at school and make hobbies and sports more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Our eyes develop in the first decade of our lives and most problems are reversible if treated early. Children’s eye tests are free on the NHS and we recommend children undergo an eye test at least every year from the age of two. And don’t worry, your child doesn’t have to be able to read for the test to be accurate, we have many different ways of testing their eyes.
It is especially important to take your child for an eye test if there is a family history of glasses, squints or lazy eyes. If your child sits too close to the TV or other screens, squints, regularly rub their eyes or complain of headaches, blurred vision or words jumping off the page, there may be a problem that an eye exam could detect. Our optometrists are experienced and make the process fun and stress-free.
Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging takes a wide-angle photograph of the back of the eye to allow for a more thorough examination and ensure the health of your child’s eyes. Optomap is available for under 19s at a reduced price of £10.