The simple answer to this is that you should take your child for an eye test as soon as they are old enough! When exactly they are old enough will depend on a few factors such as the skill of the Optometrist and the cooperation of your child! Some Optometrists will see children from as young as 2 years old as there are tests that can be done that do not require your child to read letters off a reading chart etc. The reason it is important to get your children’s eyes tested when they are young is because below the age of 7 years old, their eyes are still developing and if any problems arise such as a lazy eye, then there is a greater chance that it can be treated. Once your child gets beyond this age it is impossible to treat a lazy eye.
There are however some signs that your child may demonstrate if they are having problems with their vision and these would indicate the need to have an eye test as soon as can be arranged. The most common signs are as follows:
In summary, regardless of whether you feel your child has a visual problem or not you should take them for an eye test as soon as possible. Poor eye sight could affect your child’s academic ability at school and also their sporting ability. Both eyes need to be working well together in order to competently play any sports which involve a moving ball such as tennis or football. Even if your child needs glasses it may not be forever and advancements in laser eye surgery mean once they are 18 years old their vision could be easily corrected. Laser eye surgery risks are now extremely low meaning more and more people are deciding to have it done.
Tim Harwood is a laser trained optometrist from the UK who spends much of his time answering questions for his laser eye surgery forum .