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Children hardly ever complain about their eyes. However, you can pick up signs from their behaviour.
Things to look out for are sitting too close to the TV, rubbing eyes a lot, holding objects very close to their faces or blinking a lot. Clumsiness or disruptive behaviour can also be a sign that the vision might not be right.
If you are worried, or curious, just give us a call and book them in for an eye test. All children up to the age of 18 in full-time education are entitled to a free eye test.
If there is a history of squint or lazy eye in the family, don’t just wait for the vision screening at school. The earlier any potential problems are picked up, the better the result of treatment. Children don’t have to be able to read for the sight test, we can perform age-appropriate tests to examine the eyes and test the vision.
Eye tests are painless. We may occasionally need to put drops in your child’s eyes to check that the back of the eye is healthy, but rest assured, this will always be discussed in advance.
Vision problems can begin at an early age, so it is important for children to receive proper and regular eye care. In addition to looking for changes in the front of your child’s eye, which could affect overall vision, we also need to look at the retina (the back of the eye), to check that it is healthy and showing normal signs of growth and rule out any disease or damage.
Many conditions, such as retinal detachments and retinal holes can be treated successfully if detected early. Redhill Eye Studio offers Optomap® to patients of all ages because an exam of the retina is an integral part of a comprehensive eye exam, regardless of how well you see.
Some eye problems can arise without a patient’s knowledge and an Optomap® allows us to get an ultra-widefield view of your child's retina in a fast and comfortable way. We would always recommend Optomap® as an integral part of your child's eye exam.
The Optomap® provides us with an overview of approximately 82% of your child's retina in a single capture, giving a more detailed view that can be compared against at every visit to monitor growth and changes.
Interestingly, the Optomap® was developed by Douglas Anderson - his son lost sight in one eye at the age of five due to an undetected retinal detachment. Mr Anderson set out to develop a system that could capture an unprecedented view of the retina (200°) and was patient-friendly, particularly for children, who have natural tendencies to become impatient during an eye test.