The FAQs below answer many of the common questions that parents have about their children's vision and eye care for children. If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact us.
My child hasn't complained about their eyes - do they still need an eye test?
Absolutely – eye tests are vital to checking the health of the eyes.
60% of children with vision problems do not complain about their sight as they either believe what they are experiencing is normal or they do not realise that there is a problem.
Eye tests are the first step in being able to detect vision problems and assess the general health of the eyes. For some of the common signs and symptoms.
My child isn’t reading or can’t recognise letters yet – can they still be tested?
There is a common myth that children need to be able to read to be given an eye test. This is not the case. At Central Vision Opticians, in addition to familiar sight test charts, we have alternative proven tests for assessing the vision of younger children.
In fact, the youngest patient we have tested was a 2 month old baby.
If my child has an eye test does that mean they will need glasses?
Not at all - glasses would only be prescribed if they are needed. Infact, in the UK, 13% of kids wear glasses whereas this figure is much higher in other countries such as France and Italy where the figure is over 27%.
I’m concerned about my child’s performance at school – could this be vision related?
Yes – Upto 80% of children who are experiencing challenges with their performance at school can be helped by teaching them how to improve the use of their eyes, visual skills and how they process what they learn visually. It’s not about what they see but how they make sense of what they see. Bhavin Shah is a qualified behavioural optometrist and has devised a specialised assessment and therapy called The Reading Edge® which examines how a child is using their eyes and vision to learn and to teach children how to use their eyes to see and learn better.