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The benefits of regular testing

You may be knee deep in school supplies as the new school year approaches, but don’t forget about your children’s health, especially their eyes. It’s never a bad idea to have your child’s eyesight checked at the start of each new school year.

Children’s eyes can change quite quickly, after all we all know about growing spurts, and the eyes are part of that fast-changing body. During adolescence and puberty particularly, a child’s eyesight can change very quickly.

The way that the eyes work together, and how the brain interprets what it sees, occurs very early on in a child’s development, so it is important to have your children’s eyes evaluated before starting school.  Even before your child goes to school or nursery they should see an optician to make sure their eyes are aligned and focusing properly. It is recommended that an eye evaluation certainly before the age of 3 and at least every year until the age of 19.

Signs that your child might be having visual problems might become more apparent when the child’s classroom seat location changes from one year to the next. In addition, if you notice crossed eyes, lazy eyes, or drooping of the eyelid, it is recommended that you should have the child evaluated by an optician. 

If your child needs spectacles it is worthwhile thinking about the quality of the lenses, after all the lens is what will be helping your child see. It can be a difficult balance to make, because as the child grows their frames will need replacing, in the same way as they grow out of shoes! Even so, coatings and safety lenses can improve the image quality and appearance, so this is worth considering.

One other thing to bear in mind is whether the child is properly equipped for sports. Spectacles can easily get damaged or broken in ball games, but a pair of specially designed prescription goggles can make all the difference to performance and safety.

When it comes to contact lenses they can be very useful. School kids can get them as long as they’re ready for the responsibility. If they are worn as advised and regularly checked they can be ideal.

So, when it comes to your children’s eyes, being proactive is important and has many benefits. Get their eyes checked early and regularly, it can only be good for them.