Why should I have a sight test?
What happens during a sight test ?
Sight tests for children.
Good eyesight is crucial in making sure a child develops to their full potential both at school and socially. It’s especially important to look after children’s eyes – the eye is still developing throughout early childhood so if problems are treated early, it can make a lasting difference. Yet research shows that around 20% of school-aged children have an undiagnosed vision problem. It’s never too early to have a sight test, visiting an optometrist will mean you can spot and manage vision problems that may affect your child’s development.
Some eye conditions do not display any signs or symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to take your child for a sight test. Signs which may show there is a problem with a child’s sight include:
- An eye appearing to drift inwards or outwards
- Difficulty concentrating
- Behavioural problems
- Sitting too close to the television
- Frequent eye rubbing
This could mean your child needs glasses or that they have an eye that is healthy but does not see as well, otherwise known as a ‘lazy eye’. The condition can run in the family, so if a relative has either an eye turn (squint) or suffers from reduced vision in one or both eyes (amblyopia), it’s a good idea to take any related children for a sight test.
We recommend that children have a sight test by the age of three, so that conditions are picked up and treated early.
The ageing eye.
Risk factors for eye disease increase as we age. Early diagnosis of an eye condition can make an enormous difference to how much sight is retained. This is why we have invested in cutting edge equipment to aid diagnosis.
We were the first practice in the town to have a retinal camera back in 2003. This gives a permanent record of our view of the back of the eyes that we can refer to and spot gradual changes taking place.
In 2015 we invested in an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomographer) which gives a 3D view of all of the 10 layers of the retina. This gives an incredibly detailed view of the macula and allows us to spot tiny changes. It also aids us in diagnosing glaucoma in its earliest stages.