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Most children have excellent sight and do not need to wear spectacles. However, some children can have shortsighted, longsighted or astigmatic eyes just like adults and there also may be a squint or turn in their eyes. Their whole visual system is very flexible up until approximately 6/7 years of age; therefore it is very important that all children be assessed early to detect any difficulty.
It is estimated that 25% of school going children have an undiagnosed vision problem. Many parents believe that passing the school screening means their child has no problem. However the screening does not assess vision at near, eye muscle balance or health of the eye. If you are concerned about your child’s eyesight, we can carry out a full assessment in the practice. Your child does not need to be able to read or talk to carry out a sight test.
What Parents should watch for!
- Covers one eye with their hand when looking at something.
- An eye that turns in only when they are tired.
- Rubbing their eyes a lot
- The appearance of a white pupil.
- Sitting close to TV or holding a book very close to their eyes.
- A child that squeezes their eyes up to read or watch TV.