Putting the fun back into eye tests – bring your children along to see a member of our friendly team
About 80 per cent of a child’s learning is done visually, and yet it’s thought one in five schoolchildren has an undetected eye problem. Bringing your family for an eye examination means you can be sure your children aren’t struggling with an undiagnosed sight problem which could affect their development.
It’s recommended all children have a sight test by the age of 4, but it’s never too early to get them checked, particularly if you notice anything suggesting they may be struggling with their sight. Warning signs include children squinting at things, rubbing their eyes a lot and complaining of headaches.
People often think children need to be able to read before they can have their eyes tested, but this is not the case. We can even test the eyes of children who are too young to be talking, by assessing the strength of their eyes and eye muscles. They’ll be completely unaware of what’s going on while we help you keep them entertained.
Many children find a visit to the opticians is fun. We use symbols, colours and matching games instead of a letters chart, and children are often intrigued by our screens and machinery. Our relaxed and friendly atmosphere means they have time to adjust to their surroundings instead of being intimidated by them. That all helps make our appointments less stressful for mums and dads as well!
Eye examinations are free for under 16s and under 19s still in full-time education, so you can have the peace of mind that your child’s eyes are healthy and working properly without any expense.
If your child does need glasses we have a great range of frames for them to choose from which are specifically designed for children. They come in a variety of materials and colours, and plenty of them are covered by the NHS voucher so won’t cost you a penny.
We also have a high success rate with children who want to wear contact lenses. We can teach them how to use and care for lenses during a dedicated appointment, and they can come back to us for help and tips as often as they like. We find most children are mature enough from around 12 years of age.
To make an appointment for your family call us now on 02392 550723 (Lee on Solent) or 01329 832706 (Wickham).