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Many vision problems begin at an early age and children don't always communicate if they are having difficulty seeing. Undetected vision problems can have a major impact on the child's education and life.
Many parents assume that their child will have their vision checked at school. Even where vision screening is provided in school, there are many conditions which may cause significant problems to a child and their ability to learn. The earlier a vision problems is detected, the better the outcome. Many childhood conditions, such as lazy eye and squint, can be treated if they are picked up early.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How old does a child have to be before he or she can have an eye examination?
A: A child’s eyes have finished developing by the time they are about eight years old. Opticians usually screen children in their area at around 4 years of age (at this age they usually know letters), but if you are concerned, or if there are any members of your family with eye problems, then it’s best to have your child’s eyes tested.
Q: What is available under the NHS?
A: Under the NHS an eye examination is available without charge for all children up to the age of 16
Q: What if your child needs glasses?
A: If a child needs to wear glasses, this need not be seen as a disadvantage. The wide variety of spectacle frames now available for children are comfortable and practical as well as stylish.
Q: Can children wear contact lenses?
A Contact lenses for very young children would normally only be prescribed for special conditions. Older children may wear contact lenses, but both they and their parents must be aware of the high level of care required to keep their lenses clean and eyes safe.
Q: What as a parent should i watch out for?
A:Your child should have an eye examination if they show any of the symptoms below:
Gets frustrated when reading
Closes or covers one eye
Screws up eyes or frowns to see
Rubs eyes and blinks a lot
Finds it difficult to copy words from the blackboard
Complains that things are blurry or hard to see
Short attention span; gazes out of the window
Frequently looses place when reading
Skips words or whole lines of text
Q: How Often Does My Child Need an 3D OCT Retinal Examination?
A: We recommend a routine retinal scan every 12-24 months
Q: How Often Does My Child Need To Have Their Eyes Tested?
A: Children under 16 are advised to have an eye examination every 12 months. If any problems arise they may need to be seen more regular.
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