Children’s eyes are still developing at birth and even up to the age of 7 or 8 a child’s eyes are still learning to see.
During this period it is important that we look for good development in both eyes so that the child does not develop a “lazy eye” This used to be carried out as part of their 3 year old assessment but it is not checked as routinely these days. Sometimes a basic check is performed as the child enters school but if your child has not been checked it is worth making an appointment with an optometrist. This is especially true if there is a history of lazy eyes or squints in the family.
We have many child friendly ways to check the vision, development and health of the eyes and if a problem is caught when the child is young then the risk of permanent difficulties and decreased vision is greatly reduced
A child’s sight test is covered by the NHS and so is free up to the age of 16 and up to 19 years of age if they’re still in full time education.
If spectacles are required we have a large selection of kid’s frames which are again covered by the payment from the NHS.
Contact lenses are even suitable for some children.