Children's Eye care.
At Brian Michie OPTICIANS we are happy to examine the eyes of children in any age group. A child does not need to be at school or be confident with their alphabet in order to have their eyes tested. Testing of a baby under 6 months is usually only carried out if the parents or health workers feel there is an issue with the eyes. It is a good idea for all babies around 12 months of age to be examined. From two years old onwards routine eye examinations are advisable.
The eyes are relatively "plastic" up till the age of eight years old. Until this age improvement in vision and eye co-ordination can be expected with the use of any glasses which may be required. However beyond eight years old it becomes much harder to improve an eye with poor vision.
Nowadays during the school day children's eyes are exposed to much more than a chalk blackboard, books and jotters. Smartboards, whiteboards, computer screens, tablets and mobile phones are all now commonly seen and used by a younger age group. Children often do not realise that what they are looking at is blurred and just accept what they see as normal. They may also consider it normal to have tired eyes or to feel strained when doing schoolwork. Regular eye examinations are a way of ensuring a child's vision is and remains at a good level.
At Brian Michie OPTICIANS if your child does need glasses it will be explained why they are needed, what they have to be worn for and when the next review will be. We have a wide range of frames to suit young children as well as frames which teenagers will look and feel good in. The majority of our children's frames have no charge. For those that do, we will allow £30 towards the cost of any frame from the children's ranges in addition to their NHS entitlements which will cover the cost of their lenses. Should an older child choose an adult frame they will receive 30% off of the frame cost, again in addition to their NHS entitlements.