Children’s Eyecare

Children’s Eyecare

EYECARE FOR CHILDREN

Optika Opticians offers child-friendly tests that will tell us – and you – everything we need to know about your child’s eye health. Children don’t have to be able to read to have an eye test. You can trust us to do the same careful eye exam on your child that we would do for our own children.

We’ll ask you about family history and check your child’s sight against expected levels of development for their age. We’ll assess their vision and see if it needs correcting, then discuss the results clearly with you.

Children qualify for an NHS voucher, at Optika Opticians we have a great range of kids glasses ranging from coloured metals to funky plastics, cost covered by your NHS Voucher, meaning complete pairs of glasses and repairs at no charge.

Once they’ve had their first eye exam, your child will soon get into the habit of having their eyes checked regularly. We like to see children at least every year to ensure we and you are looking after their precious sight and to help you with any questions you have about your child’s vision. Come in with your child to see us anytime. We successfully fit a lot of children with contact lenses at our Practice.

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 have 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 realize 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:

1: One eye turns in, out, up or down

2: Complains of frequent headaches

3: Frequently rubs eyes or blinks a lot

4: Screws up eyes when reading or watching television

5: Avoids reading, writing or drawing

6: Has difficulty catching a ball

7: Fails to make expected progress at school

8: Develops behavioural or concentration problems at school

 

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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 at Optika Opticians, we use a range of techniques and modern equipment to detect visual problems at any age.

Such 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.