When should I get my child’s eyes examined?

When should I get my child’s eyes examined?

Posted on 18th July 2016

Some children will receive vision screening either in nursery or in primary one, however this does not check the health of their eyes so a comprehensive eye examination is strongly advised.

Whilst the majority of children have good eyesight, it is still highly recommended that they visit an optometrist at least every two years from pre-school and this is essential if there is a family history of a squint or high glasses/contact lens prescription. We have the most advanced technology available on the market which gives us the best possible view of your child’s eyes allowing us to check for any problems which may not be obvious. When an issue is detected early, it can be managed and in many cases reversed.

The eye examination

It is usually a fun experience for children and they enjoy all the technology and measurements, particularly having the chance to see inside their own eyes. Our examinations are tailored to children using specialised equipment so they do not have to be able to read or talk to be able to perform an eye examination. All eye examinations at Cameron Optometry are performed by highly experienced optometrists. On our site (under Children – Eye Fun) you’ll find episodes of some of their favourite characters, including Peppa Pig and Topsy & Tim, having an eye examination which may help build their excitement ahead of their visit.

What to look out for

Most children assume that the way they see is normal so you cannot rely on them to tell you if things are wrong. As well as getting their eyes tested every two years, look out for the following:

  • Headaches and sore eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Using fingers to track text or losing their place when reading
  • Having issues with coordination for example when playing ball games
  • Squinting or closing one eye when reading or watching television
  • Showing sensitivity to light or the glare from a screen.

Examinations for children in full-time education are free-of-charge. For further information please visit www.cameronoptom.com/children.

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