Caring for Young Eyes

Children rarely complain about their sight, assuming that what they see is normal. But almost 70% of schools no longer offer eye screening and research shows that as many as one in five schoolchildren experience an undetected eye problem.

The NHS recommends that the first sight test should take place before the age of two and regularly thereafter. Children do not need to be able to read to have a comprehensive test. Eye tests are FREE for all children under 16 (or 19 in full time education), and children receive a voucher towards the cost of glasses, if they are required.

If you suspect a problem, have eye conditions running in the family, or notice any of the following warning signs, please do make an appointment:

  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Squinting or screwing up the eyes to see
  • Holding books and objects very close to the face
  • Blinking a lot
  • Headaches

Early treatment can prevent problems from becoming permanent. At Whitehouse and Son Opticians we are highly experienced in children’s eye care. We take a lot of time and care to make sure that you and your child feel safe and comfortable, both during the examination and later, if glasses or contact lenses are required.