With the children back at school, store director Dr Sivardeen wants to remind parents how important an eye test is.

Learning with our eyes
Did you know that around 80 per cent of teaching is presented in a visual form in school? From the school desk to being out and about in the wider world, sight is precious and helps little people evolve and develop. This is why good vision is so important for a child’s development.

What to expect during a child’s eye test
Dr Sivardeen recommends an eye test when a child starts school.

  • Don’t worry – they will not need to reach because the team use specially designed charts that allow children to recognise shapes or pictures.
  • The optometrists at Specsavers in New Malden will make it fun for kids! We are specially trained to test children’s eyes in different ways to adults and it is an enjoyable experience for them. Parents are welcome throughout the test and we will answer any questions you may have.
  • 20/20 Accuracy – although some of the equipment used in your child’s eye test will be different to that of an adult, rest assured that accuracy is not compromised. It is thorough and great care is taken to ensure nothing is missed.
  • As well as checking a child’s vision, our opticians also evaluate the muscles and associated structures to ensure they are healthy too.

Dr Sivardeen concludes that a child’s eyesight is fully developed by the age of eight. “I suggest a test around the age of three to ensure any problems such as lazy eyes can be detected and managed as early as possible.”

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