Your Children's Eyesight

Parents often take their children to the dentist at a very early age yet fail to consult an optician for an in-depth eye examination.

Often parents rely on simple and infrequent screening tests carried out by health visitors or community orthoptist’s, but at Sightcare Opticians we will carry out many more tests than these basic procedures. We can check the health of your child’s eyes and can make sure there are no obstacles to their sight developing properly in both eyes. Eye problems may cause a barrier to children’s education and school can be very demanding on their eyes so good vision is important. Many defects such as short sightedness, a squint or astigmatism can be inherited, but only a full eye examination can detect them.

Visual development takes place early in a child’s life and is finalised by the age of seven. During this time, vision and eye co-ordination are developed and refined, it is also when squints and lazy eyes can become problematic to the visual development process. Beyond the age of seven, there is little or no treatment available to resolve the problems.

Treating these problems should start as soon as possible. We recommend that children should attend from the age of 3 or 4, but we advise parents to bring their children for regular eye checks as early as possible if anyone in the immediate family has a squint or a lazy eye or if there are any concerns regarding your children’s eye sight.

By establishing a routine of having a regular eye examination for your child from an early age, you could stop a sight defect from being carried through into adulthood and will encourage a good habit that could last them for the rest of their life. Most children find the eye examination quite enjoyable and are usually much less anxious about it than their parents!

If your child does have an eyesight problem, don’t worry, we have a wide range of fashionable spectacles, most of which are free of charge, to choose from. Furthermore, all children under 16, and teenagers aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full time education receive a free eye examination paid for by the NHS, so Be Wise – Look After Your Children’s Eyes!

Problems To Look Out For Include:

In Infants:

  • Eyes turning in or out (a squint)
  • One eye bigger than the other
  • Frequent rubbing of the eyes
  • Discomfort in bright light
  • Watering eyes
  • A white pupil in one eye


In Toddlers and Young Children:

  • Sitting too close to the television
  • Holding books very close
  • Clumsiness
  • Sore looking eyes or lids
  • Trouble with colours
  • Blinking a lot or screwing up the eyes.


In Older Children:

  • Headaches or eyestrain
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Words moving around during reading


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