As eyesight is usually fully developed by the age of eight, Specsavers in Brighton is raising awareness of the consequences of neglecting children’s eye health and the importance of regular eye examinations from the age of three.
Eye tests for all children in Britain are free on the NHS. Parents can take their children for an eye examination even if they are too young to talk or read a letter chart, as Specsavers opticians have equipment and picture charts which can be used to detect visual defects at any age.
Mike Horler, ophthalmic director, Specsavers Brighton, says: ‘Regular eye tests are vital for children’s eyecare as poor vision is not always obvious to parents. Vision problems can be one of the reasons a child does not perform well at school, for example, because they cannot see the board. The earlier a problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment.
Sight loss conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eye), can often go undetected and can lead to lifelong problems and, in serious cases, they can result in partial, irreversible sight loss. However, if detected early enough many problems can be easily corrected, usually with glasses.’