Kid's eye tests
Children can be tested at any age but our recommendation for a child's first eye examination is around 2 years old. However, you can visit sooner if you feel your child may be struggling with an eye problem.
Our team cares about your child’s eye health and sight. Our measure is that it's better to be safe than sorry if you are concerned about your child's vision or the health of their eyes.
Free NHS sight tests are available for children under 16 and for young people under 19 in full-time education.
Our practice at Eye 2 Eye Opticians in Heswall is warm and welcoming for our younger patients, with a range of frames exclusively designed with their interests and lifestyle in mind.
We always strive to make our exams as fun as possible for your child's benefit.
Why are children's eye exams so important?
Children may not realise they have a vision problem so, without routine tests, there's a risk a problem may not be spotted. This may affect their development, confidence and educational achievements.
Children can have an eyesight test at any age. An eyesight test is particularly important if there's a history of childhood eye problems, such as a squint or lazy eye, in your family.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact us to book an appointment or ask your GP.
Caring for young eyes
Children, especially very young ones, may find it difficult to express that they have a problem with their eyes. They may not even realise they've got an issue at all, so it's important for them to have regular eye tests.
Here are a few signs to watch out for:
Consistently sitting very close to the TV
Clumsiness or poor co-ordination - e.g. they may struggle to play ball games
Problems with reading - e.g. holding a book closely, using a finger to guide their eyes or losing their place
Excessively rubbing their eyes
Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
Reluctance to use a computer or tablet
Squinting or turning their head to see better.