A remarkable amount of eye development takes place during the first year of our lives, as we learn to focus and coordinate our vision. However, childhood is another crucial period for developing strong and effective eyesight.
Toddlers are constantly fine-tuning their visual skills to improve depth perception, tracking abilities and focus. Reading and writing places new demands on a child’s vision, and sporting activities are great for improving spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination. By the age of five, sight is the dominant sense in almost every activity we undertake.
As we grow up, skills like tracking and focus continue to develop as nerve connections multiply and eye muscles strengthen.
“It’s estimated a quarter of school-age children have a degree of vision problem.”
However it’s estimated a quarter of school-age children have a degree of vision problem, with mild far-sightedness in earlier years often giving way to short-sightedness among teenagers. These issues can usually be counterbalanced by wearing glasses.
It’s crucial for children of all ages to have regular sight tests, and eye examinations should become as routine as visiting the dentist. Every child under the age of 18 and in full-time education in the UK is entitled to a free NHS sight test, and our expert staff can ensure everything is functioning normally.
Children assume that everyone sees the world like they do, so they’re unlikely to realise something isn’t quite right with their vision.
Did you know? It’s not always easy to tell if a child’s eyesight is below standard. A sight test is essential to give them the best start.