Children’s eyes

Children rarely complain about their sight, but often show there may be a problem with their vision through their behaviour.

This can include sitting too close to the TV, rubbing their eyes a lot, holding objects very close to their face, blinking a lot, or one eye turning either in or out.

If you think your child is experiencing any sort of sight problems, take them to an us for a check-up as soon as possible.

Once your child’s vision has been checked, it’s important to continue with regular sight tests. Your child should have a check-up at least every  year, as problems can occur at any age. Even if none of the symptoms described above are displayed, there could still be an underlying eye condition.

If you’re concerned about your child’s vision, book an appointment with us – we see children of any age. Many concerns can be resolved completely by us by a simple eye exam. Don’t worry about the costs, as all NHS sight tests are free of charge for children under the age of 16.

We want to ensure that all children have vision screening for lazy eye (amblyopia) during their first year at school. This is to detect whether a child has reduced vision in one or both eyes.

This is important because many children will not realise they have reduced vision, and parents will not normally be able to see it by just looking at the child.

The earlier any problems are picked up, the better the outcome. If you have any concerns about your child’s eyes or there is a history of squint or lazy eye in the family, it’s important you do not wait, take your child to us for a sight test.

Children do not have to be able to read to have their eyes examined. It’s possible to see whether the child has a squint or needs glasses without asking them any questions, using age-appropriate tests and equipment.

Eye examinations do not hurt. It might be necessary to put drops in your child’s eyes so they can be tested to see if they need glasses and that the backs of the eyes are healthy. If this is the case for your child, it will be discussed with you in advance.