As your child grows and develops, you’ll want to make sure everything is working as it should, including their vision. There are a number of eye problems children can be either born with or develop, including long or short-sightedness, squints, a lazy eye, and colour blindness. It’s important to pay attention to their actions and bring them in for an eye test if you suspect there is any problem. All children under the age of 16, or in full time education and under 19 are entitled to free NHS eye tests. Ideally, we recommend that all children have their first eye test by age 4.
Sometimes you can tell there is a vision problem by the way a child is acting. Some things to look out for include:
- Sitting too close to the TV
- Rubbing their eyes
- Complaining of headaches
- A reluctance to read
Many of these can be discounted as general childhood behaviour, but if you suspect there may be a problem bring your child in for an eye test.
Dyslexia, visual stress and colorimetry
One of the services we offer here at Squire Opticians is colorimetry testing. If our optometrist thinks your child may have dyslexia or visual stress, they may recommend this specialised test. Visual Stress symptoms include text appearing to move or blur in and out of focus or letters changing size, as well as headaches and tiredness after reading.
Our intuitive colorimeter is used to see if a coloured overlay will assist with reading speed and understanding. Although it is not included in the NHS eye test, this test can be very helpful for some children. What’s more, we can provide precision tinted prescription glasses or coloured overlays to help resolve problems arising from visual stress.
Frames for children
Our wide range of designer frames includes frames designed specifically for children from O’Neill, Rayban and more. We can also provide children with safety glasses for playing sports and prescription ski goggles. NHS optical vouchers are also available that contribute towards the cost of children’s glasses.
Book your child’s free NHS eye test today and ensure they get the best care from an early age. Request an appointment.