Good vision is critical to a child’s early education, function, and social development as they learn all about the world they live in.
At Clark Family Eyecare, we make it easy to have your child’s eyes tested. Keeping it fun and friendly, many of the children who have visited have insisted they loved the experience and say they would definitely come back again.
We recommend the ideal time to bring your little ones for their first eye test is around pre-school age, although if you have concerns you should seek advice sooner.
Many vision problems begin at an early age in childhood, so it’s crucial that children receive proper eye care from the time they are infants. Early detection and treatment are essential to prevent conditions that could potentially cause future problems or vision loss. As the eyes continue to develop during childhood, regular check-ups are advised.
CHILDREN ARE ENTITLED TO FUNDED NHS EYE TESTS AND PRESCRIPTION VOUCHERS.
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To benefit from fun friendly children's eyecare please get in touch with our expert team to arrange an appointment.
Is your child myopic (short-sighted)?
In the UK approximately 1 in 3 people are affected by myopia and it is estimated that by 2050 half the global population could be affected. Myopia, commonly known as short-sightedness is the inability to see distant objects clearly. This means that things such as television and white boards at school will be difficult to see.
At Clark Family Eyecare, we can help you to manage your child's myopia with spectacle lenses, contact lenses, great advise and support.
Retinal Imaging for Children
This technology enables an image to be taken of the retina, the inside of back of the eye. By documenting this area in images we are able to educate children about their eyes and continually monitor your child's eye health more efficiently.
Children love this bit! What sort of answers do you think we get when we ask children what the image looks like?
Glasses for Children
Children may come across as smaller versions of adults but when it comes to good fitting spectacles they need frames that will not interfere with their growing bones and tissues, particularly around the ears and on the bridge of their nose.
Our expert team will be able to advise you on the difference between an good fitting frame and an ill fitting frame. Occasionally they may have to do special adjustments to get them fitting just right. We can guarantee that we make it fun to choose new glasses.
YOUR CHILD MAY BE ENTITLED TO NHS HELP TOWARDS THE COST OF SPECTACLES
Sunglasses for Children
Have you heard the rhyme:
SLIP ON A T-SHIRT, SLOP ON SOME SUNCREAM AND SLAP ON A HAT? What about sliding on some sunglasses too? Many parents understand the importance of protection for the skin but fail to realise that the same protection is needed for the eyes.
A child is exposed to up to 80% of their lifetime UV exposure by the age of 18 so protecting from UV is incredibly important.
When buying sunglasses for children you should consider the level of protection they offer. Look for sunglasses that offer at least UVA and UVB protection. The darker the lens does not necessarily mean they offer more protection. A polarised lens can allow the right types of light through the lens to ensure that your child vision remains comfortable and fully protected. We have a range children's tinted and polarised sunglasses in practice, where will make sure they are fitting correctly.
Did you know children can also wear contact lenses?
There is no fixed age for children to start wearing lenses and can be useful when attending clubs such as football or rugby training or gymnastics etc...
There are a few factors to consider however:
Getting used to contact lenses can take a little while. Your child needs to be motivated to learn how to put the lenses in and out: they need to be able to do this themselves but under your supervision.
They also need a certain amount of discipline: it’s important not to wear the lenses for too many hours, so think about whether your child can do this.
There is also a routine to learn for keeping the lenses clean and hygienic.
If you think you or your child is interested in trying contact lenses why not ask for a complimentary trial with their next eye examination. At this trial we can give you the round up of what's involved in wearing lenses and offer your child a chance to see how they feel.