‘Vision for the Kids’ at McBride and McCreesh Opticians, is our latest initiative to help you take care of your child’s eyesight from an early age. Child eye examinations are crucial as they play a central role in ensuring normal vision development and academic achievement of all children.
During the first twelve years of our lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through our vision. Yet research has shown that one in five children, that’s a staggering 20%, have an undetected vision problem, which could inhibit their progress both inside and outside of school. Early detection is key in preventing problems, and at McBride and McCreesh Opticians, we recognise that high quality eye care and proper advice will help children with vision problems achieve their full potential.
How Do I Know If My Child Has a Problem with Their Sight?
There can be a number of signs to look out for:
• Does your child sit too close to the TV?
• Does he or she have trouble maintaining concentration whilst doing homework?
• Does he or she have difficulty copying things from the board at school?
At the same, it is important to bear in mind that many eye conditions do not display any symptoms, and children are often unaware that their vision is not perfect, so it is vital to have regular eye tests.
At What Age Should My Child Have Their Eyes Examined?
Most toddlers have their eyes checked in pre-school as part of their routine development checks approximately around the age of two, as early detection of any sight problems is key to ensuring normal vision development. However, these checks may not be as thorough as a full eye examination carried out by a qualified optician.
The UK National Screening Committee recommends that full screening by an optician should begin at age four to five years. After the first test it is advisable to return every two years or as recommended by your optician. It is particularly important if Mum or Dad wear glasses. Our opticians are trained to detect many eye conditions in children, and early detection is essential to ensure that your child develops healthy sight.
At McBride and McCreesh Opticians, we use the latest technology and equipment and combine it with genuine compassion and concern to test your child’s eyes. We understand that a positive experience now can determine your child’s eye health in the future. Therefore, we take great care in testing your child’s vision; reassuring them and making them feel at ease throughout the examination. We use a range of child specific examination techniques, using child friendly objects, cards and games, so even very young children who do not know letters or are not old enough to respond to certain questions can still be examined accurately.
Why Choose McBride and McCreesh Opticians?
As an independent Optician, we have a wide variety of frames on display in our practice to suit all tastes and budgets. We understand that children’s eyewear must fulfil its medical purpose, be durable, and yet look good in order to encourage the child to wear it. For the trend aware child we have a selection of fun frames at affordable prices, such as Batman, Spiderman and Bench eyewear ranges, which are now available in all sizes.
Our friendly staff are fully qualified, have extensive experience in the prescription and fitting of children’s eyewear, and are always on hand to help you and your child select the most suitable frame for their needs.
To arrange an appointment please call us on 028 6632 2524 and let us take care of your child’s vision for the future.
What Happens If My Child Breaks Their Glasses?
Don’t worry; we’re always on hand to help! It is not uncommon for frames to become misaligned or a lens to get broken with the rough and tumble of child’s play. Simply return the frame to us and we will have it repaired or replaced.
Children and Contact Lenses
Many children do not want to wear glasses, and it’s a well-known fact that the self-esteem of a child is closely linked to their physical appearance. So much so, that if your child doesn’t feel happy or confident wearing their glasses it can affect their personality, performance at school or even their involvement in sporting activities etc.
Contact lenses are a healthy option, and can help to re-build your child’s self-esteem. Children as young as 8 years old are now wearing contact lenses, giving them freedom without glasses. Could they work for your child? Contact McBride and McCreesh Opticians, your local contact lens specialists today on 028 66 322524 to discuss your child’s suitability.
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