Good vision is essential in childhood development and regular eye examinations are the key to good vision.
Research has shown that one in five school children have an undetected eye problem. As 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, many children cannot see well enough to reach their full potential or enjoy everyday childhood activities as much as they could.
A child may not realise if their vision is not clear – they assume the way they see is normal. Therefore regular eye examinations are advised for all children under the age of 16 once per year or as advised.
Typical warning signs to look out for:
- One eye turns in, out, up or down
- Complaints of frequent headaches
- Frequently rubs eyes or blinks a lot
- Screws up eyes when reading or watching television
- Avoids reading, writing or drawing
- Has difficulty catching a ball
- Fails to make expected progress at school
- Develops behavioural or concentration problems at school
Children should have their first eye examination by the age of four, sooner if any problems are suspected. The earlier a problem is detected, the more effectively it can be treated.
It doesn’t matter if your child is too young to talk or read a letter chart, as we use a range of techniques and modern equipment to detect visual problems at any age.
Such equipment used is a computerised test chart which allows us to use pictures, numbers, shapes as well as letters to check the child’s vision.
At Peter Brooks Optometrists, we have a long history of interest and engagement in childrens eyecare. We have participated in many shared care schemes in collaberation with the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavillion – Peter, Laura and Claire all worked closely with Opthalmology and Orthoptics in the delivery of the long running Lothian Orthoptic Optometry Clinic scheme. Both Laura and Claire have previously engaged with Princess Alexandra Eye Pavillion in work as sessional Optometrists within paediatric clinics each over several years, stopping only when their own family life and commitments here at Peter Brooks had to take presidence.
Peter Brooks Optometrists provides free NHS eye tests for all children. If a child is found to need spectacles, a contribution is provided by the NHS.
At Peter Brooks Optometrists, we stock a wide range of spectacles specially designed for children’s faces from which, with our help, you can choose. Many have soft nose pads for extra comfort and sprung hinges to withstand extra wear and tear. So remember, regular eye examinations could be crucial for your child’s health care and personal development, so don’t delay and contact us, at Peter Brooks, for an appointment as soon as possible.