In young children the visual system is still developing. While a check in the early years of school will pick up many potential problems, earlier assessment can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.

Young children are unlikely to be aware that they have a problem or see the world differently to other people. We recommend a full eye examination is carried out at around 3 years of age.

Approximately 5 to 10 percent of pre-school children and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Your child's eye examination will usually include assessment of how well he or she can see, investigation for long or short-sightedness and astigmatism, binocular vision (how well the eyes work together), eye movement skills and colour vision.

In younger children this can often be done by using pictures and games. Our experienced Optometrists will also assess the health of their eyes.

Visual Stress and Dyslexia

Many children and young adults suffer from visual stress. This can vary from discomfort when reading to more severe symptoms of words moving or changing shape on the page. One of our Optometrists, Jan Goodwin, has a qualification from The School Vision Organisation.

She has a special interest in helping children to get the most from their education by looking at ways to support the visual system to enable more stable and comfortable reading. This can mean specially prescribed spectacles to improve eye co-ordination or aid focussing and often coloured lenses can prove beneficial.