Our eyes do not usually hurt when something is wrong, so regular eye examinations are important. They are vital health checks that can pick up signs of eye conditions early, often before you are aware of any problem. If found early enough, many of these conditions can be sucessfully treated.
When you have an eye examination, it will show what your level of vision is and whether you will need spectacles to correct your vision. We will also include a general health check which may pick up any sign of eye disease such as:
- macular degeneration
We recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. However, in some circumstances, we may recommend more frequent sight tests, for example:
- If you are a child wearing spectacles
- If you have diabetes
- If you are aged 40 and above and have a family history of glaucoma
- If you are aged 70 and over
A child's early development will depend on good vision. Parents need to be aware that addressing their child's visual needs should take place as early as possible. As a general rule we would suggest before a child starts school, or sooner should there be any concerns. Good vision is critical to their educational and social growth.
Children's eyes continue to develop as they grow. Most are long-sighted at birth, and if this is within normal limits, is not a problem as it will correct itself as they grow. If it is outside normal limits it will need to be corrected to avoid the risk of permanently poor eyesight. Your child's eyes, as well as their visual needs, will be different from yours in several important ways. Their young visual system is more likely to be damaged irreversibly if some problems are left untreated. You should therefore have your child's eyes examined on a regular basis by a registered optometrist.
The usual problems to be looked for in children include lazy eye (amblyopia) and squints (strabismus), which are caused by improper development of the visual system, and short sightedness (myopia) and long sightedness (hypermetropia). These, together with astigmatism, are the most common problems encountered.
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