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 realise 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.
FIND ANY CONCERNS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
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 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.
We provide free NHS eye tests for all children under 16 and those under 19 and in full time education. If a child is found to need spectacles, a contribution is provided by the NHS.
Typical warning signs to look out for:
One eye turns in, out, up or down
Complains of frequent headaches
Frequently rubs eyes or blinks a lot
Screws up eyes when reading or watching television
Avoids reading, writing or drawing
Has difficulty catching a ball
Fails to make expected progress at school
Develops behavioural or concentration problems at school
WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS SPECTACLES?
We stock a wide range of spectacles specially designed for children’s faces. Many have soft nose pads for extra comfort and sprung hinges to withstand extra wear and tear.
Your child might prefer contact lenses. We have a great range of comfortable and easy-to-use contact lenses and our expert team can advise which option is best.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY..
“Taylor Biddle Opticians look after three generations in our family with equal care and expertise. Tracey is always available for caring support and we have easy access to appointments. Staff are welcoming and friendly at both practices.”
- S.D Claverley -