Children in general do not tend to complain of poor vision.
They are not aware of good or bad visual differences - they think that the vision they have is normal. And it is up to us as Parents and Carers to make sure that their eyes are as healthy as possible.
We have just laid out a few pointers:
1. Children up to the age of sixteen and those up to the age of eighteen and in full time education are entitled to a free NHS sight test.
2. It is important that all children are examined regularly as many conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) hypermetropia (long sightedness), are not easily picked up by parents.
3. In this modern age if your child lacks stereopsis - the ability of BOTH eyes to work together in a coordinated and accurate manner then all the thrill of those 3D movies will be lost to them.
4. The lack of accurate vision at school may cause problems. If your child cannot see what is on the board or in their books THEY WILL STRUGGLE!
5. It is possible to fit children with contact lenses. It depends on the mental maturity/responsibility of the child and of course their prescription. In fact the Schools Medical Body have suggested that any child playing a contact sport should not do so in glasses.
6. Children spend a lot of time outdoors, and are therefore exposed to ultra violet. It has been suggested that by the time children reach the age of eighteen they will have been exposed to 80% of their lifetimes worth of ultra violet. Research is beginning to show that such exposure may lead to future problems such as Macular Degeneration and cataracts.
It is very important that you get your child some GOOD QUALITY sunglasses.
A sight test does not hurt. It can be done at any age and your child does not have to know the alphabet. The general rule of thumb is the earlier any problems are discovered the better the outcome. Our children rely on us for everything. Do not condemn them have a life time of relying on Low Visual Aids and others because you could not spare half an hour to get their eyes checked.