Children often don’t realise they have a problem with their eyes. Therefore, without regular child eye tests many eye problems can be remain undiagnosed.
Many eye conditions are easier to treat if detected while a child’s vision is still developing (usually up to about seven or eight years of age). An early diagnosis will help to ensure that your child has access to specialist paediatric services.
Babies usually have an examination to detect obvious physical problems. Regular examinations at your local Optometrist should be performed from the age of 4.
Common Eye Problems
The most common eye problem requiring early treatment is Amblyopia (or a lazy eye). There are number of reasons why amblyopia can develop. These include optical prescriptions (refractive error), a strabismus (an eye the turns) or rarely congential cataract or glaucoma.
Children rarely complain or poor vision where when they have a difference in optical prescriptions between the eyes or when they have a turn in their eyes.
After the initial examination at our practice, our Optometrists may recommend a cycloplegic refraction for your child. Here, drops will be instilled to relax accommodation to determine the full optical prescription.
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Children under 16 (or in full-time education under 19) are entitled to free NHS examinations. If you require glasses we offer a complete pair of spectacles free of charge (with an NHS voucher).
Childhood myopia is increasing worldwide. From the 1960’s the occurrence (prevalence) of childood myopia in the UK has more than doubled!
Research shows that outdoor activity for at least 2 hours per day can help slow down the rate of myopia progression. However, research also shows that myopia control therapy using specially designed contact lenses can further slow down the progression of myopia.
Certain types of multifocal contact lenses and orthokeratology treatment can reduce the rate of myopia progression by up to 50%. It is important to realise that although research shows a slowing down of myopia, we do not yet know what happens when treatment or therapy has been stopped.