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. Certain developmental eye conditions such as amblyopia (a lazy eye) can have a much better long term outcome if detected and treated early.

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

Myopia Control Contact Lenses 

By 2050, it is estimated that half the world’s population will by myopic (short-sighted).  In the UK, over the last 50 years, the prevalence of myopia in 10-16 year olds has doubled and children are becoming myopic at a younger age.

At Askew, we are now able to offer a relatively new form of treatment called myopia control.  This is done with an innovative type of soft contact lens.  Evidence shows these contact lenses can reduce the level of myopia that a child may progress to.  For more details please call to speak to our staff or book your child in for Myopia Control Consultation (fees apply). 

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

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