Child development relies upon careful nurturing, especially when it comes to their vision. Any problems that occur in early life can seriously effect a child’s future, so it is important to get any issues rectified quickly.
Eyesight develops gradually in children and even from 6 weeks a baby should be able to follow you around the room, or follow a bright object. If this is something your child cannot do, it may be worth bringing them in for a preliminary check up.
Full development of your child’s eyes occurs by the age of 8, but it is worth them having a full eye test prior to this, just in case there are any underlying issues that should be treated. You should also make sure that your child’s eyes are tested if any of the following applies to you:
You should also watch out for any of the following signs:
Children who are under the age of 16 (or under the age of 19 but in full time education) qualify for a free annual eye test under the NHS. We even have a fully computerised test that will benefit younger children, since it does not require speaking or even being able to recognise letters.
If your child needs to wear glasses they also qualify for a free voucher that will contribute towards the cost. We have a fantastic range of children’s frames suitable from babies up to teenagers. The ranges available at the moment include, Tomato, Miraflex, Eye stuff, Storm, Calvin Klein, Marvel and Disney.
Your child’s eyesight can also be affected early on in development by too much exposure to the sun. We would never suggest not letting them outside, but it is just as important to consider sunglasses to protect your child’s eyes, as it would be to use sunscreen to cover their skin. We have all kinds of sunglasses available from adult size, all the way down to baby size which can be held on with an elastic strap.