Children's Sight Information for Parents
As adults we all know how precious our sight is. We also know how amazing it is when we first hold our newborns. What we sometimes fail to do is connect the two and have those beautiful baby blue eyes checked! As parents you need to know that although serious sight problems in children are rare in the UK, there are common eye defects that could affect your child for life if left untreated. Your newborn can see, but their eyes take up until age three to mature. The pathways carrying information from the eye to the brain are still developing up until age seven.
If vision in one eye is poor before the eyes are fully mature then the visual pathway may not ever develop properly in that eye. This condition is called Amblyopia, or Lazy Eye. It is treatable if detected by age seven to eight. After this it can't be corrected, even with glasses. These changes are not monitored unless you bring your baby to us to have everything checked.
People often assume that because you read a chart when you come for a test, we won't be able to test your baby if they can't talk or read. Don't worry - read our section on the eye examination and you'll see that we have other ways to assess your baby's sight, and we try to make it as much fun as possible! Most children love visiting us, and its paid for by the NHS. Build eye tests into your children's health care routine and they'll get used to it.
Even when they can speak, your toddler might not be able to tell you that they can't see properly. What they see is normal to them, and you won't know if their vision is abnormal. If your child can't see properly it may cause problems socially, developmentally and emotionally. For instance - not being able to see properly in class or to study comfortably might be detrimental to their whole future career.
Watch out for any signs that your children may have problems with their sight. These can include squinting, rapid blinking, and sitting very close to the TV. If you or your partner wears glasses then your children may have inherited more than just your good looks! Eye defects can be hereditary and an eye examination will give you peace of mind.
We would love to meet your babies, and help them on the first steps to good eye health for their whole lives. Book an appointment at any of our branches, all equipped with toys to give the little ones something to keep them occupied. We can give you uninterrupted, relaxed time with our Opticians, and answer any queries or concerns you may have. Were a family run business and well take care of your family too.
Don't forget that we have baby change facilities too, if the excitement gets too much!