As adults, we can all see well and assume that our children can too.
We happily take our children to the dentist every six months but eye checks are often forgotten.
Coming for an eye test can be intimidating for your child so we work hard to make sure your child finds it a positive experience. In order to do this, our approach is a little different to the majority of opticians and this is reflected in the feedback parents give. So, if your are feeling a bit left out when you come for your child’s appointment, it’s only because we are working very hard at getting the information we need and making sure they are engaged and enjoying their time with us.
We use picture cards, preferential looking tests, 3D tests and games that tell us if the extra-ocular muscles and vision are developing normally. These tests are not like adult tests and we don’t bore the kids with “better 1 or 2” questions.
Having worked in schools and hospital, we are happy seeing your child from an early age. As parents, you know that kids are not always compliant. If your child is a reluctant visitor, be prepared to be drawn into the process we adopt. We call dealing with kids ‘short attention span theatre’ and we will use all manner of tricks to engage and entertain them to get the information we are after. They may come in not wanting to be there but it is rare that a child leaves not wanting to come back again.
As with the rest of their bodies, eyes can grow quickly, changing without them being able to appreciate what is going on. Some eye conditions are present from birth, or develop at a very young age, and to successfully correct them they have to be picked up early so we are happy to see children from around 1 years of age.
Eyecare and Education
At the very least, all children should be examined before they go to school.
- Short sighted children will struggle to see the board, and may fall back educationally.
- Long sighted children may struggle to see reading material and will not develop their literacy skills.
- Children with unequal prescriptions may develop a lazy eye, and possibly even a squint. This could have an effect on career opportunities.
- Astigmatism is another potentially big problem, and is probably the most common cause of eyestrain.
- Colour vision problems are also important and are fairly common among boys. This mainly impacts on career choices, as perfect colour vision is necessary to be a pilot or train driver. The Armed Forces also set colour vision standards.
Your child should have FUN getting their eyes tested because we make it FUN! Plus, regular testing is free on the NHS. To book your appointment, call Mary on 01772 421697.