A child’s eye test is performed to assess the health and vision at a crucial point in their development. Often people rely on screening at schools for this information. However, only optometrists have the current training and tools to give a thorough child’s eye test. All our optometrists have the relevant training to perform children’s eye tests and have excellent experience in the area. But why is it so important that children get eye tests regularly?
The Importance of a Child’s Eye Test
They aren’t always able to know or explain there is an issue
Children aren’t always able to express issues they might be having or are unaware that there are any in the first place, especially regarding eye health and vision. The only way to ensure your child’s vision and eye health is good is by getting regular eye tests.
Vision is important for school
Going to school is one of the most important things a child can do to ensure they get a good education and learn how to be better equipped for the working world. Children need to be able to easily read from the boards in classrooms and from their books. However, if a child is experiencing eye or vision issues, this can seriously affect how well they do in school.
If it is found that your child does have some vision issues, the correct eyewear can be used to improve this. The earlier an issue is established, the better the long term outcome will be.
What happens during a child’s eye test?
During a regular child’s eye test, the optometrist will devise an examination based on the child’s age and previous eye health history. Below are some of the more common tests in a regular child’s eye test.
- Checking eye reflections – The optometrist will shine a light into the eyes. If the reflection is bright and red, then it will indicate the eyes are healthy. If the reflection is dull and/or white, this could indicate an eye health issue in the child.
- Their attention to objects and movement – The optometrist will use a trigger object, such as a toy, to see if the child can focus on it and follow its direction. If the child doesn’t, there could be issues with their vision.
- Checking their Pupil Reflex – The optometrist will shine a light into the child’s pupils to see how they respond to light. In a normal eye, the pupil should shrink when the light is shone and expand again when the light is removed.
- Use Snellen and LogMAR charts – These are special vision charts, which may include letters, numbers or pictures, used by optometrists to offer standardised results used between health care professionals.
- Colour and 3D Vision Testing – Early stage appointments will include the testing of colour vision to determine whether there is any colour blindness. During the visit a child will also be tested to identify whether there are any issues related to 3D vision which may affect their depth perception. These are very important to establish early on as they can impact learning at school and may dictate future career plans.
How am I able to tell if my child is having a problem with their eyes or vision?
If you notice any of the following, this could indicate some issues with their vision or eye health. You should book them in for a child’s eye test appointment as soon as possible.
- If their eyes are pointing in in different directions/don’t appear to be straight.
- If they regularly complain of headaches or tired eyes.
- If they have problems with reading or are often holding a book very close to read.
- They cannot perform age-related hand-eye coordination tasks like grabbing objects or playing sports.
- They are unusually clumsy.
- They constantly rub their eyes.
- They often choose to sit very close to the TV or screens.
- They are unable to read whiteboards at school.
A Child’s Eye Test with Dolphins Optometrists
If you would like to book a child’s eye test, get in touch with us at Dolphin Optometrists, where our team has abundant experience and the right qualifications to help. Contact our friendly team today on 01444 454808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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