Back to school? Don’t neglect their eyes!

Sight tests for children

Getting your child’s eyes checked regularly is essential for spotting issues
that are treatable when caught early.
Children rarely complain about their sight, but can show signs of problems
with their vision. For example by:Childrens eyetests
  • Sitting close to the TV
  • Holding objects very close to their face
  • Blinking a lot
  • Rubbing their eyes
  • One eye turning in or out
Children should have their eyes tested regularly, normally every year or
more often if their optometrist advises.
The nature of an eye test for children will be tailored to their age and ability.
Older children will be asked to read letters for the computer chart as normal,
whereas for younger children, single line of lower case letters (‘sounds’) or
even numbers may be used.
For babies and toddlers, a system of special vision cards (‘preferential looking’)
will be used.
All children will have their eye health checked using a special hand-held torch
which is completely painless and safe. The optometrist will also check that their
eyes are aligned and that the 2 eyes work together (stereopsis).
Common eye problems like refractive disorders (short-sightedness,
long-sightedness, and astigmatism), amblyopia (decreased vision in one or both
eyes that’s often called lazy eye), and strabismus (eye misalignment) will be
checked, and any suitable treatment will be recommended.
For simple eye prescriptions, spectacles may be the most suitable option. Contact 
lenses would be better for some more complex eye problems and for those children
who are very active, play sports or do dance or drama.
It is also important to protect their eyes against harmful UV radiation and prescription
sunglasses are available in polarised and non-polarised versions.
The NHS pays for children’s eye tests (up to the age of 18*) and so why not book
an appointment now?
Call us on 020 8363 3578 or contact us via email.
We recommend having kids eye tests from the age of around 18 months old
(earlier if there is a family history of squint or lazy eyes) and remember, it doesn’t
matter if they can’t read yet!