Protecting the Eyes from an Early Age

Being able to see clearly is important for your child's development. Accurately interpreting the world around them, making new observations and having exciting learning experiences are vital to your child's education. When children are in their first few years, they experience developmental checks regularly to ensure that their eyes are not dramatically affected. Although thorough, those who carry out these checks are not qualified Optometrists – it is recommended that your child has a full eye test by a qualified Optometrist at around 3 years of age.

The sooner eye conditions are treated, the easier they are to treat and the better quality of life the child will have as they move into adulthood.

Symptoms to Look Out For

If your child does any of the following, we recommend you book an appointment for a child's eye test as soon as conveniently possible.

  • Straining eyes
  • Tilting head to get a better visual
  • Rubbing of the eyes
  • Looking closely at the television or a book
  • Not keeping up in regards to education at school
  • Closing one eye to read
  • Avoiding activities that requires strenuous visual activity
  • Headaches
  • Tired eyes
  • If one or both eyes appear to move in different or opposite directions
  • If your child complains of pain or discomfort when watching television or looking at a phone or tablet
  • If there's a white glow in your child's eyes when a photograph is taken. This looks similar to when you take a photograph and the pupils are red, but the glow is white. Whilst this may be a harmless effect of the flash, it can also be a sign of a rare form of eye cancer that affects babies and young children, predominantly under the age of 6. This is extremely rare and only effects approximately 50 children in the UK.
  • Delayed reading ability

How Children's Eye Tests are Performed

Children's eye tests differ from adult eye tests in a number of ways. Here at Mincher-Lockett, we like to make sure that they're as engaging as possible for your child by using a range of techniques that we've developed over 40 years of experience.

And, of course, you'll be able to stay with your child throughout the eye examination.