Children's Sight Test
Perfect Vision - Optician for the whole family80 per cent of what children learn is through sight, so a sight test could really help your child's ability to learn. Hand eye coordination, sports performance and self-confidence can all be affected by poor vision in childhood. Even if your child cannot read yet, we can still check how well they can see.
As our eyes develop within the first decade of life so it is important that any problems are treated in this time. Thankfully most sight problems are reversible if treated early enough and may require nothing more than glasses or eye exercises.
When should children be examined?
We recommend every child should have a full test by an optometrist (even if they have had a school or nursery screening) by the age of 3-4.
Children under the age of 16 should be examined once a year, or more frequently as recommended by your optometrist.
If there is a history in your family of eye problems such as glasses, squints and 'lazy eyes', it is especially important for your child to be tested. Your child does not need to be able to read for a test to be accurate; we have tests specifically designed for children and your optometrist will be delighted to tailor the test for your child.
There are many tests specifically designed for children, using pictures instead of letters, and some tests that require no verbal response at all. No matter the age or ability of your child we will be able to check their eyes. We understand that for children any medical environment can be intimidating so we work hard to keep our practices and rooms friendly and inviting.
A children's sight examination aims to check the following:-
- Measurement of vision using pictures or letters
- Eye movements and checking for squints
- Examination of the back of the eye (retina)
- Measurement of prescription to tell if glasses are required
- Pupil reactions
- Stereopsis tests to check that the eyes are working as a pair and seeing in '3D'
- Colour vision
Book an appointment to have your child's eyes tested.