Askew Eyewear in Hackney recommends that you start having your child's eyesight tested by the age of four.

Good eyesight is incredibly important to your child's development, particularly before they enter formal education. And any eye problems are much easier to treat while your child's vision is still developing.

Spotting the signs

Spotting signs of eye problems is important too. Children can have difficulty expressing problems they have with eyesight, or might not even know there is a problem at all.

Look out for:

  • Rubbing eyes regularly.
  • Being clumsy
  • Struggling with games, particularly ball games
  • Reading problems - having the book very close, or losing their way
  • Complaints of headaches or eyestrain.
  • Eyes not pointing in the same direction.


The percentage of parents who said their child has never had an eye test according to a 2013 study by the College of Optometrists

Common child eye problems

We can detect many different problems during the eye test including squints, myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness), astigmatism, lazy eye, cateracts and colour-blindness.

We may also pick up on underlying problems such as dyslexia where we will conduct a further examination for you.

External links

 NHS Choices

We take your child's eyesight seriously
We take your child's eyesight seriously