Children's Eye Care
Because over 80% of our learning is visual-related, we understand how vital it is to ensure your child's vision and eye health is well looked after. We recommend that children should have their eyes examined regularly, particularly from school-going age, or at any earlier age if there are any particular concerns or a family history of eye troubles.
We take our children's examinations as seriously as adult ones, just in a more child-friendly manner! During the examination, we'll check your child’s eyes and vision against expected levels of development appropriate for their age. We’ll then discuss the results and treatment options (if required) clearly with you.
If they need to wear glasses, we have a great range of frames to choose from - trendy or classic - sure to get a thumbs up from even the most discerning young adult!
Contact lenses are also a great option for many children - please see below for more details.
Vision and Reading
Research tells us that over 80% of our learning is visual-related. So what we see and how well we read will often determine how well we learn. But how well we read is not always related to our level of vision – you may have 20/20 vision but still not be reading to your full potential.
Does your child have difficulty reading, or find that reading attention span is very limited?
Does your child avoid reading or report that it is too hard?
The good news is that we now have a way to objectively assess these issues and provide a solution to assist the reading.
Comfortable vision requires both optimal visual acuity (sharpness) and binocular vision (or eye teaming). According to the American Optometric Association, almost 1 out of 4 children suffer from inadequate visual abilities and dynamic binocular vision problems. They simply have relatively poor eye movement control and it takes a while for their eyes to stabilise after making an eye movement. As our eyes are more or less constantly in motion in the real world, this presents a significant real world binocular vision problem.
The Clinical Eye Tracker is able to record eye movements and binocular vision while children are actually performing real-world tasks such as reading. The system uses a small bar with infra-red cameras which detect the position of the eyes to within less than one degree and provides new insights into dynamic binocular vision and reading performance. These results then allow us to determine where the underlying issues with reading performance are and whether reading performance can be improved with vision training exercises, reading glasses or coloured filters (or combinations of these options).
If you would like to explore your child’s (or indeed your own) reading ability and look at ways of improving and enhancing reading performance then this amazing new instrument will allow us to help you with that. Please call the team on 01727866830 to enquire further or to Book an Appointment
Children and Contact Lenses
Contact lens wear can have a positive effect on a child's confidence and ability to concentrate in class, meaning better results and happier children. If your child is active and plays sports, then contact lenses may be the ideal choice for them. They will benefit visually from better depth perception, a wider field of view and all round better stability of vision. Contact lenses can also help to improve hand eye co-ordination which can result in improved sporting performance.
We regularly prescribe contact lenses to children to help restore clear vision. We will assess each child individually and advise on whether they are suitable for contact lens wear. A variety of contact lens options are available for children, including disposable lenses, reusable lenses and ortho-k.