Monday, 2 November 2015

Don’t delay in caring for your child’s eyes

It’s so important to protect our eyes, they’ve got to last us the rest of our lives after all. Protecting our children’s eyes should be of the highest priority, not least because right from birth, children learn through seeing. Good vision is therefore a must.

It’s never too soon to start caring for your children’s eyes. A newborn baby’s eye grows and develops for around two years. This stage is important and should be included in your routine development checks.

When your child is around three years old, we advise you to start thinking about their first eye examination. Checking for sight issues at this stage in your child’s life can pick up potential issues before they start school. The school environment is very visual and so a visual impairment could mean your child get’s left behind and struggles to learn. What’s more is that finding vision problems early means there is a much better chance of putting them right.


Although the opticians may be thought of as a scary place, you must remember that eye examinations won’t hurt your child. The process will include looking at and locating small objects as well as a run down of any family eyesight problems and questions around any troubles when carrying out activities.  Here is my youngest over three years ago having his first sight test.


Choose a time for the sight test when your child is alert, awake and happy. This will help paint a more accurate picture of the results.

Some of the areas a sight test may cover include testing near and distance vision, coordination, focusing skills, eye movement and peripheral awareness. These are all so important in the learning process. Sight tests can highlight if there are issues in any of these areas in order for you to start creating the right solutions to keep your child healthy, happy and learning, without any obstacles.

Tesco opticians offer free sight tests in store and have professionals on hand for you to ask any questions or voice any concerns. Simply click here to book an appointment and ensure you’re protecting yours and your children’s eyes to the best of your ability.

Tesco sees it as their mission to protect your eyes, offering not only these free eye tests, but some of the most affordable contact lenses in the UK and prescription glasses from just £15. All these are available to buy online here.

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