Good vision is critical to a child’s early educational, functional, and social development. Parents should be aware of the importance to address a child’s visual needs as early as possible. Healthy sight can contribute to a healthy start in life.
The eyes continue to develop during childhood. The majority of children at birth are long sighted (hypermetropic) which, if within normal limits, will correct itself as the child matures. However if a refractive error is not properly corrected there is a risk of permanently poor vision.
Children’s eyes, as well as their visual needs, differ from those of adults in a number of important ways. A child’s immature visual system is more prone to irreversible damage. It is therefore important to have your child regularly assessed by a registered optical professional. The main childhood eye problems relate to improper development of the visual system. Conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (squint) and uncorrected refractive error (short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism) are the most common. If a child has a squint, or if one eye has a significantly different refractive error from the other, this will lead, if uncorrected, to a lazy eye. The less dominant eye is effectively “switched off” and does not develop properly. The child accommodates to use the eye which is least long-sighted which leaves the other eye with reduced visual acuity.
Scott Gilmour Optometrists are passionate about childrens eyecare and are approved by Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital. We aim to make their visits relaxed and enjoyable. We offer a large selection of frames for children of all ages including many with spring loaded sides and covered by the NHS voucher scheme and styles that are designed for children including Ray Ban Juniors, Nike, Adidas and the colourful Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.
We are stockists of Protective Eyewear for sports and swimming, which can be made to individual prescriptions to offer protection while enjoying sports.