Did you know your little one can have their eyes tested from as young as one year old? As well as monitoring the development of your child’s vision, regular visits to the optician allows our qualified and experienced optometrists to spot any potential problems at an early stage.
As with the majority of medical conditions, the sooner eye problems are diagnosed the more likely they are to be successfully treated. However, in most cases children aren’t even aware of what their vision should be like, so you can’t rely on them to tell you if there is anything wrong.
Problems with vision can mean difficulty reading or seeing the board at school, which can quickly develop into boredom, disruptive behaviour and even a lack of interest in education altogether. For this reason, it’s important to make sure your child has their eyes tested regularly.
Parents often wonder how their child will be able to undertake an ‘eye test’ if they are not yet able to read the letter chart. Here at Willetts & Doig we use the latest Digital Test Charts. These present the test using easily recognised shapes and symbols which makes it not only fun for your children but a little more fun for the optometrist too!
At Willetts & Doig Optometrists we recommend your child has their first eye examination no later than their 4th birthday, but earlier if you have any concerns or if there is a family history of lazy eye or squint.
It’s important that your child is excited and enthusiastic about their eyewear, otherwise they won’t want to wear their new glasses. If your child requires glasses, they’ll be able to choose from a fabulous range of frames, including Star Wars, Power Rangers, Disney Princesses and Marvel Heroes as well as Whizz Kids, Lazer and many others.
Our friendly staff are always more than happy to help your little one select the best choice for them, and we are also able to supply children as young as 8 with contact lenses, depending on their suitability and ability to care for them.