Baby & Childrens Vision
Eye development between birth and seven years is crucial: undetected problems during that period can result in lifelong visual impairments.
Many children have undetected sight problems and uncorrected eye problems can seriously damage not only the development of a child's vision, but also their social interaction and performance at school.
Eyesight is perhaps the most precious of the five senses, so it is essential that children of all ages have regular eye examinations. The sooner a child is brought for an eye examination the better - we now have ways of examining children without them needing to know their letters. The child may seem to see well, but this does not necessarily mean that the whole of the visual system is in good working order. The earlier the child is diagnosed, the more responsive they are likely to be to treatment.
It is recommended that all children should visit an optometrist before they start school.
Your child has a higher risk of eye problems if any of the following apply:
- Family history of eye turn / squint
- Family history of lazy eye.
- Close members of the family wearing spectacles at an early age.
NHS Eye Examinations are available for children under the age of 16 and those under 19 and in full time education.