Your child’s eyes are special. In the early years, vision helps them find out about the world around them, about their home, about you. Later, as they go through school their eyesight lets them learn and discover – in fact, about 80 per cent of what is taught in schools is presented visually.
Being able to see clearly is therefore incredibly important for your child’s overall development. So it’s not surprising that we take your child’s eyesight seriously - every bit as seriously as you do.
First things first
Having their first eye test can be a daunting prospect for many small kids and often parents don’t realise we have unique children’s eye tests designed to be child friendly without being any less accurate. Manoj Patel, director at Specsavers in Brentwood, said: ‘Children’s eye tests are quite different to an adult’s and we know the test room can sometimes feel a little intimidating so we use special techniques to make it feel as welcoming as possible.
‘We pride ourselves on being experts in our field and have spent a long time perfecting ways of helping us understand what vision problems your child might be dealing with.’
What you might not know
- No need to read – we use specially designed charts that allow children to recognise shapes or pictures
- Specialist training – our optometrists go through specialist training to test children’s eyes in different ways to adults
- Parents are welcome – parents are, of course, able to stay with children during the test
- 20/20 Accuracy – some of the equipment used in your child’s eye test is different but it doesn’t mean it’s any less thorough or accurate than an adult’s. In fact, great care is taken to ensure that it isn’t
- Look beyond vision – as well as checking vision, our opticians also evaluate the muscles and associated structures to ensure they are healthy too