Why you should have your children’s eyes tested this summer
It’s that time of the year again, the kids have broken up from school and are beginning their summer holidays. It’s the perfect time for them to come in and have an eye test!
If your child is under the age of 16 or are under 19 and in current full-time education are entitled to a free eye test under the NHS. It is recommended that your child gets their eye’s checked regularly – at least once every two years – even if there are no obvious or noticeable issues with their vision.
Commonly, children will have their first eye examination before or when they begin primary school.
Even if your child is not yet able to read, this is not a barrier for them to come in. There are a range of tests that can be used to determine the level of vision, including those which use symbols, shapes and numbers.
As your child progresses through school, they may begin to struggle with certain tasks due to a number of types of visual defects. These range from difficulty reading a book, focusing from the back of the class, and double vision or confusion between images, which can be due to a squint, or lazy eye. In cases like this it is important for the eyes to be checked as soon as possible to give the best possible chance for any treatment to be successful and minimise the possibility of visual defects in the long-term.
At a child’s sight test, the Optometrist will:
– Assess their level of vision in a way appropriate for their age
– Determine the prescription
– Examine the general health of the front and back surface of the eye using a hand-held torch, and scan for any irregularities.
Your child may be prescribed glasses for simple eye prescriptions such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, termed myopia and hyperopia respectively, as well as astigmatism. Glasses may also be prescribed for conditions such as amblyopia. Other treatments, including contact lenses, can be explored for more complex eye conditions that are present.
So why not book your child an eye test appointment now? Call us on 020 8363 3578, email us, or even pop in!
We hope to see you over the Summer!