Childrens GlassesChildren

Did you know that up to 20% of babies have vision defects? Most of these defects sort themselves out naturally but some children will need spectacles to encourage their eyes to develop.

At birth the two eyes do not necessarily work together but by 3 months of age a baby should be able to fixate and follow an object. By 6 months the pupils that should be of equal size, round in shape and black in colour.

The time between birth and 8 years of age is known as the critical period of visual development. During this time, visual acuity develops rapidly, and the brain 'hard wires' itself.

Between the ages of 8 and the late teens vision is still developing and it is vital to have frequent eye examinations.

Kids Spectacles and FramesEye Problems

Amblyopia or 'lazy eye' - where the amblyopic eye achieves poorer acuity than the ‘good’ eye. Causes can be a squint or congenital abnormalities. If amblyopia is diagnosed early, it can be treated and the vision improved. Prescribing spectacles or a patch over the good eye will help achieve this. The earlier treatment is started, the greater the chances of a successful outcome. It is essential that all children have an eye examination before they start education to ensure that both eyes are developing normally and equally.

NHS Eye Examinations

The NHS pays for all children’s eye examinations up to 16 and up to 18 if they are in full time education. The NHS will also contribute towards the cost of any spectacles or contact lenses that may be required.

Lenses

Your child’s spectacles will naturally be fitted with plastic, breakage resistant lenses. Whilst these may be adequate for most purposes, other materials such as polycarbonate are stronger, virtually unbreakable and therefore safer. They may attract a small price premium but this must be weighed against your child’s likelihood of breaking the lenses. Some schools insist on polycarbonate for their students. Scratch resistance can be enhanced by the addition to the lens of a special chemical coating.

Contact Lenses

Childrens Frames

Children often do not like to wear spectacles for a variety of reasons. Contrary to popular belief, modern contact lenses are often suitable for children of all ages. They offer freedom from spectacles for sports and play, and help reduce a child’s self-consciousness of their eye condition.

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