Eye Care for Children
Are you aware of the signs that your child is struggling?

Eye Care for Children

School may have only just ended across the country, but for parents, now is the time to think about your children and their vision. Why not get their eyes examined during the summer break?

As a parent, you no doubt have many questions or queries regarding your child's vision. Children are unaware as to what 'normal' vision is, which is why it is very important for them to take advantage of their free eye examination, covered by the NHS.

Roughly 2% - 3% of all children have a lazy eye, also referred to as 'amblyopia'. This could be because they have one eye that is much more short-sighted or long-sighted than the other.

Mum's and dad's everywhere are used to each day, week and month blending into the next. Being a parent of young children is generally quite hectic so it is all too easy to overlook getting your little one's vision checked.

  • Have you wondered how early you can take your little ones for a sight exam?
  • Are you aware of the signs which could indicate visual problems for your child?
  • Did you know there are special paediatric frames available for children and also for children with Down's Syndrome?
  • What would you imagine the youngest age a child could begin to wear contact lenses?
Eyewear for children can fit in with the fashion too
Eyewear for children can fit in with the fashion too

All the answers plus more in our new free guide to vision care for children

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We have just launched 'Eyes on Learning', our new back to school campaign to promote the importance of eye care for children. As part of our campaign we have selected local schools and nurseries to hand out our free printed guide to parents at the start of the new school year.

Our guide contains a lot of information for parents and carers, covering subjects such as:

  • How to get help with costs
  • Signs to show your child may have poor vision
  • Foods which can help promote healthy eyes
  • Contact lenses for children
  • Plus a lot, lot more!

Children won't tell you if there's a problem

How can our children tell us they are struggling to read, play or watch television due to poor vision if they don't know how things are meant to look? Most children have excellent sight and do not need glasses yet nearly one in five children aged 5-15 need some form of vision correction. This rises to almost one in three aged 16-19 years.

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Roughly 2% - 3% of all children have a lazy eye, also referred to as 'amblyopia'. This could be because they have one eye that is much more short-sighted or long-sighted than the other, or they may have a squint (where the eyes are not lined up together). If you notice that your child does have a squint (after they are more than six weeks old) please contact us to arrange an eye examination for them. The sooner a child is treated, the more likely they are to have good vision.

If a lazy eye is not treated before the child is aged seven or eight, the child's vision may be permanently affected.

  1. Children's Eye Test
  2. Retinal Imaging
  3. Dyslexia
  4. UV Damage
  5. Children's Frames

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What's Involved?

With our modern computerised charts, we don't need to rely on letter recognition as we have a selection of picture charts which makes assessing a child's vision easier. We also have the reassurance of digital retinal photography (available at all stores) or retinal scanning using the new Optos Daytona (only available at our Eastbourne store) to assess the health of the back of your child's eye (the retina). This additional service is currently not covered by the NHS and is subject to a small fee. Please see our Fees page for full details.

If you are concerned about how your child might find the sight test, you are welcome to bring them along to sit in on a test with yourself or a family member.

Book your child in for a sight examination here

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Why Choose Retinal Photography/Scanning?

The benefit of digital imaging is that we are able to see more of the back of your eye and it gives us the reassurance that your eyes are healthy. If there are any changes, it is easier to pick these up at an early stage. The images are stored on the computer which make comparisons over a period of time much easier.

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Is My Child Dyslexic?

Dyslexia is an umbrella term, covering a wide range of conditions and diagnosis is usually made by a child psychologist. However, if your child is struggling with reading there are tests that we can carry out to see whether coloured overlays would be useful. These assessments and extra tests are not covered by the NHS and are subject to a private fee.

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Should My Child Wear Sunglasses?

The eyes of a youngster are more vulnerable to damage from sunlight and ultra violet. This damage may not show up until later on in life, however it is still important to protect the eyes. This can be done by wearing a hat and sunglasses when playing outdoors.

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What Happens if my Child Needs Glasses?

We stock a wide range of children's frames in a variety of fun colours. Our qualified Dispensing Opticians will ensure the frames fit properly so that they suit all face shapes and sizes,

Following the eye examination, should your child need spectacles, they will be issued with a voucher. This can be used as part or complete payment towards a new pair of spectacles.

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Digital Download Available

Our guide is also available as a free digital download. The digital version benefits direct links through to this very site to provide more information on the various subjects covered. We also covered vision care for children as part of our Eyes on Health campaign.

By the age of 8, a child's eyes are fully developed
By the age of 8, a child's eyes are fully developed