My first eye test with Emily, aged 4
Jill knows an eye test can be a little overwhelming for some children. Especially if it’s their first one. That’s why Jill has made the whole process as welcoming, as fun and as child friendly as possible.
While there are aspects which are like an adult eye test, the children’s test does use equipment and several techniques have been adapted to their specific needs. For instance, if a child is unable to read, the familiar letters chart is replaced with one using pictures and shapes, especially for younger children.
This doesn’t mean your child’s eye test will be any less thorough or insightful – allowing Jill to make an in-depth assessment of eye health, vision and expected levels of development and growth.
Children’s eye conditions
A child’s vision usually keeps on developing up until the age of seven or eight. Up to this age, it’s often far easier for us to detect any eye problems. And it’s important that any problems are identified as early as possible because they can have an impact on a child’s development and education.Eighty percent of what a child learns is via their vision. And any problems which remain untreated could see them falling behind in class, perhaps leading to emotional problems and even a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or another cognitive disorder.
Spotting the signs
It is very important to get your child’s eyes tested early, so that any problems identified can be managed. The Association of Optometrists has highlighted the fact that one in five children have an undetected eye problem.
There are signs you can look out for yourself at home with your child:
- Frequent squinting or frowning
- Excessive eye rubbing
- Closing one eye when watching TV or reading
- Tired eyes or headaches
- Skipping words or whole lines while your child is reading
- Having difficulty seeing text from the board at school
- Poor literacy
- Sensitivity in light