Children Eye test

Perfect Vision caring for your child's eyes.

80 per cent of what children learn is through sight, so an eye check could really help your child's ability to learn. Hand eye coordination, sports performance and self-confidence can all be affected by poor vision in childhood. Even if your child cannot read yet, we can still check how well they can see.

 

As our eyes develop within the first decade of life so it is important that any problems are treated in this time.  Thankfully most eye problems are reversible if treated early enough and may require nothing more than glasses or eye exercises. 

We have the pleasure of introducing a new Optometrist Lyn Price. Lyn has over 25 years of experience and also specialises in Child Behavioural Optometry, Binocular Vision and Sports Vision. Lyn is able to test babies from the age of 6 months.

When should children be examined?


Specky BearWe recommend Every child should have a full test by an optometrist (even if they have had a school or nursery screening) preferably by the age of 3-4. 

Children under the age of 16 should be examined once a year, or more frequently as recommended by your optometrist.

 If there is a history in your family of eye problems such as glasses, squints and 'lazy eyes', it is especially important for your child to be tested.  Your child does not need to be able to read for a test to be accurate; we have tests specifically designed for children and your optometrist will be delighted to tailor the test for your child.

We believe that eye examinations for children should be tailored to suit their individual needs. 

There are many tests specifically designed for children, using pictures instead of letters, and some tests that require no verbal response at all.  No matter the age or ability of your child we will be able to check their eyes.  We understand that for children any medical environment can be intimidating so we work hard to keep our practices and rooms friendly and inviting.

A children's eye examination aims to check the following:-

  • Measurement of vision using pictures or letters
  • Eye movements and checking for squints
  • Examination of the back of the eye (retina)
  • Measurement of prescription to tell if glasses are required
  • Pupil reactions
  • Stereopsis tests to check that the eyes are working as a pair and seeing in '3D'
  • Colour vision

Other conditions which can affect your child's development, such as dyslexia, visually related reading difficulties may be helped by an appointment at our specialist colourimetry  and School Vision Clinics

Book an appointment to have your child's eyes tested.