Children’s Eye Care
At Nolke Opticians Vision Care we recognise the importance of regular checks ups from a young age in order to ensure early detection of any visual problems.Good vision is essential in childhood development and particularly in learning.
Research shows 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.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.
Early Warning Signs
If you suspect that somenting’s wrong, book an appointmen with us as soon as possible. Here are some common symptoms to look out for:
- Excessive Blinking
- Squinting or screwing up the eyes to see
- Peering closely at books and TV
- Poor performance at school
- Reluctance to read
- Family History
The likelihood is that everything will be fine, but it is always better to check.
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.
Eye exams are provided by the NHS for all children under 16 and those under 19 and in full time education. In an eye exam our optometrist will use specific tests designed for whatever age your child is to:
- Assess the health of the eye
- Determne vision and prescription
- Fully examine the eye
- All Children are routinely examined for
- Myopia (Short Sight)
- Hyperopia (Long Sight)
- Astigmatism (Distorted vision)
- Binocular vision problems, including squints and lazy eyes
- Difficulty with near focusing
- Colour vision abnormalities
- Stereoscopic vision (3-D)
If your child is found to need spectacles, a contribution is provided by the NHS.We stock a wide range of spectacles specially designed for children’s faces to choose from. 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 for an appointment as soon as possible.