Children’s eye examination

Don’t forget about regular eye examinations for your child – visual problems could affect their education

Everyone remembers what it was like to be a child, and how every minute you weren’t playing games or spending time with your friends was considered a minute wasted. Here at Alexander Opticians we know how important fun is to children, and that’s why when they visit us for their essential annual eye test, we use a number of methods to help keep them engaged and entertained from beginning to end.

It is often thought that children must be able to read before they can have their first eye test, but this is not the case. We are able to test the eyes of children as young as one year old, using a combination of shapes, colours and pictures until they are old enough to understand the letters and words in an adult test.

In fact, regular eye examinations are particularly crucial for young children, as the majority of eye conditions or visual difficulties that are detected in their early years can normally be corrected before the age of eight. This is when their eyes are most receptive to change – after this age change is still possible but much less likely.

When this is coupled with the fact that children do not have a concept of ‘normal’ vision, you can see why you cannot simply rely on them to tell you if they have a problem. Children only know their own experience of the world, and assume that this must be the norm. If your child’s vision isn’t as good as it should be, this could lead to serious frustration and underachievement at school, which in turn could have a significant impact on the rest of their life.

If your child’s eye examination suggests that they require eyewear, they’re in for a treat. We stock a wide range of fun and exciting brands, including Bench, Kangol, Lazer, Guess and Miraflex, so that they can pick something they love and will be happy to wear. Our friendly dispensing team are always on hand to make suggestions and help narrow down the selection too! We also stock children’s prescription and non-prescription sunglasses.