Regardless of age, routine eye checks are essential for diagnosing eyesight issues as early as possible so they can be treated accordingly. Despite it being rare for children to have serious vision issues, you can never be too cautious.
Initial eye checks are offered to both new born babies and children. Your child’s eyes will first be examined within 72 hours of birth, then at 6 and 8 weeks old, between 1 – 2.5 years old and then again at 4 or 5 years old. These checks will monitor your child’s eye development, to ensure there are no concerns and any necessary tests are completed.
From then it is the parent’s responsibility to schedule regular eye appointments. The recommended age for a child’s first appointment is the year they start school. Thereafter, once every 2 years is the recommended time frame between appointments unless advised otherwise or you have any concerns.
Eye Problems Detected During Check Ups:
- Colour Vision Deficiency: Making it difficult to see colours or being able to differentiate different colours.
- Short Sightedness: Making close objects clear, but far away objects blurred.
- Long Sightedness: Making far away objects clear, but close objects blurred.
- Lazy Eye: When one eye’s vision does not develop as well as the other eye.
- Astigmatism: When your cornea is not properly curved.
- Squint: When both eyes are looking in separate directions.
- Childhood Cataracts: Cloudy patches located in your eye lens, which can be spotted from birth.
The above problems can all be identified during eye appointments, so having them picked up by a professional in the early stages can be very beneficial in stopping the issues from escalating.
How to Identify Eye Problems at Home:
For babies, the personal child health record (red book) can be used as a guide. There will be a checklist which you can follow to ensure your child’s vision is properly developing.
For older children, there are a few symptoms to look out for, including:
- Frequently rubbing their eyes
- Complaints of eye strain or headaches
- Clumsier than should be
- Eyes not looking in the same direction as each other
- Difficulty reading and holding books close to their face
- Difficulty with hand-eye coordination (i.e. sports)
How to Book an Appointment
At Dominic Tunnell Opticians we employ qualified opticians and the most modern technology to provide the best service we possibly can. Our team offer expertise in eye examinations, spectacles, contact lenses and sunglasses.
Each patient receives a bespoke service to receive the right care for their individual needs. To find out more on our eye examinations please click here. Or call 01905 950222 Monday to Saturday between 9AM – 5.30PM to book your child’s appointment.