Some questions and answers on Kids Eye Health by Leighton Griffiths Store Director at Specsavers Opticas Marbella.
Over the years working as an optometrist I have received many questions from parents regarding their children’s eye health, so I wanted to focus on this important issue.
Q. When should I start taking my child to the opticians?
A. We believe that children should have their first eye examination at around three years old but if you are concerned, don’t wait until then. The earlier any vision problems are discovered, the better the chance of correcting them.
Q. How can the optometrist examine my toddler’s eyes when she can’t read?
A. Opticians can assess which kind of lenses, if any, are needed without your child having to read by;
- Measuring the focusing ability by looking into each eye using an instrument called a retinoscope
- Using shapes, picture books and other materials to help children indicate what they can see and how clearly
- Checking whether the eyes work properly together
- Using special charts for young children who don’t know their alphabet
- Checking health of the eyes using an instrument called an ophthalmoscope
Q. Are there any signs I can look for to suggest there is a problem with my child’s eyesight?
A. There are a few signs which could indicate a vision problem in children including: sitting too close to the TV, rubbing their eyes repeatedly, complaining of headaches, being clumsy or squinting.
Specsavers Opticas Marbella, is located on Avda. de Ricardo Soriano 12, Local 5A and offer free eye test for children.