Children's Eyes

How Do I Know If My Child Has Eye Problems?

Children often have no idea if what they can see is normal. If they have had a problem from when they were really young they just take it as a given that what they can see is normal. That’s where you, as a parent or grandparent can help them.

Ideally, you should be bringing your child in for an eye examination at least once a year so that we can examine their eyes, make sure they are healthy and they can see properly. Here are some telltale signs that something isn’t quite right and you need to visit your local optician. 

Misaligned eyes

If you notice that your child’s eyes don’t look in the same direction you really need to get their eyes examined. If left untreated it can lead to poor visual acuity in their eyes. It’s easily treated when they are young but left untreated can lead to a lazy eye.

Tilting their head to the side

This is also a sign that their eyes can be misaligned. When a child constantly tilts their head to see they are actually changing the angle in which they look at things. Head tilting can also be associated with a condition where the eyelid droops and impairs their vision.

Squinting

When a child squints they are actually trying to change the shape of the eyes and adjust the amount of light that comes into their eyes. Squinting is often a sign that a child needs their vision corrected with a pair of glasses.

Covering or closing one eye

Children who cover or close one eye are likely to have poor vision in one eye. This eye can be strengthened at a young age by patching the stronger eye, but again, left untreated can lead to a lazy eye.

Headaches

Headaches can often be related to eye strain. If their vision is blurry their eyes have to work harder to see and this puts stress on them, leading to headaches.

Eye Rubbing

It is quite normal for children to rub their eyes but if they rub them frequently it can be a sign of eye strain, in which case it’s likely they will need to wear glasses. 

Sitting too close to the TV or holding a device too close

Myopia or short-sightedness has been in the news frequently over the last few years. Children don’t understand they can’t see so they naturally sit or hold the device to where they can. If left untreated, myopia can worsen over time. 

Reading inaccurately or missing lines

Many of our patients come to us complaining that when they are reading books the text moves, they get tired reading or they get headaches, eye strain, or even migraines. We offer a visual stress screening for children that can determine whether you could benefit from a different coloured background when reading. 

Clumsiness

Does your child walk into doors and tables or tries to pick up something and misses? This could be an indication that they need vision correction or glasses.

Troubling focusing at school

What seems like ‘behavioural issues’ or a ‘short attention span’ at school could just be a vision issue. We have so many children come into our opticians with this issue and have discovered they just can’t see. It’s hard to focus on a task when you can’t see. 

Listening to your children is important. We often hear children come in and tell us they have been telling their parents they can’t see but the parents don’t take them seriously. We understand that as parents it’s difficult to manage everything but your child’s vision is precious and it is better to sort out any vision problems when they are young as leaving it too long can often lead to poor vision and vision loss. 

Your child should have an eye examination at least once a year. You can find out how children’s eyes are examined at Realeyes by clicking here 

Coronoa FAQ

Caring for Your Eyes Amidst Covid-19

Top Covid-19 Questions

Naturally, many of you are concerned about your eyes, during these unprecedented times. We’ve taken the top questions we’ve been asked over the last few weeks for our senior optometrist to answer. 

 I’ve lost or broken my glasses what should I do?

This is the most common question we have been asked so far. We’re help to help you in any way we can. Call us at your local branch and we will be able help you replace your pair where we can with your current prescription. We may be able to replicate your last pair and arrange contactless collection.

I’m due an eye examination now, what should I do?

In line with the current NHS guidelines, we, along with other opticians around the country, are not providing routine eye examinations. If you are due a routine eye examination we will call you once we are fully operational.

 Can I clean my glasses with hand sanitiser?

Please don’t! The ingredients in hand sanitisers damages the surface of the lenses and causes streaks and smears. The alcohol properties in the hand sanitiser may also irritate your eyes. Use a normal glasses cleaner or warm water with soap to clean your glasses. You can read more by clicking here.

Is it safe to wear contact lenses?

Contact lens wearers touch their eyes more than the average person. Consider wearing glasses more often, especially if you tend to touch your eyes a lot when your contacts are in. Substituting glasses for lenses can reduce eye irritation, and they may be a barrier that reminds you not to touch your eye.

If you have to wear contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds followed by drying them with unused paper towels before applying or removing your contact lenses. 

Should I still continue using my eyedrops?

Yes, you should continue using any eyedrops that you have been prescribed. Be extra careful each time you put in your eye drops – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before you put them in. After putting the eye drops in, close your eyes for 30 seconds, and dab your eyes with a clean tissue and avoid rubbing them.

I am a diabetic and glaucoma patient with an eye condition what should I do?

If you under hospital care, you should keep in touch with the hospital. If you are under our care, we will have to delay your appointment but you will be on our priority list when we are fully operational. If you do any concerns please call us and we’ll help you.

Remember, we are here for you and if you’re unsure of anything you can call us. Find your local branch by clicking here.

AOP Encourages Parents to take Children For an Eye Examination

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AOP Encourages Parents to take Children For an Eye Examination

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Good eyesight is crucial in making sure a child develops to their full potential both at school and socially.  It’s especially important to look after children’s eyes – the eye is still developing throughout early childhood so if problems are treated early, it can make a lasting difference.

It’s natural that every parent will have burning questions about their children’s eyes. In launching the ABSee campaign the Association of Optometrists is encouraging all children to visit their local optician and have an eye examination. They have put together a leaflet answering some questions that parents may have and our optometrists will be happy to answer the rest.

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Children as young as three years old visit Realeyes Opticians to have an eye examination and we can carry out an examination using pictures if they are unable to read. Most children think what they can see is normal and it might not be so it’s always a good idea to have their eyes examined regularly from a young age. The test is painless and we’ll talk you through the results. Our optometrists often comment on how parents wish they’d brought in a child sooner to have their eyes examined.

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Take the Stress Out of Children’s Eye Health

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Take the Stress Out of Children’s Eye Health

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Many of us will remember having our eyes tested at school, however 70% of primary schools in England don’t offer visual screening and where it is offered it’s not extensive extensive enough given how modern technology has moved on, especially in eye care

Children find it hard to tell parents that they have an eye condition because they don’t know what normal is. So it’s important that you include eye examinations into your to do list.

Our optometrists are trained to check children’s eyes. At Realeyes we:

●      Have the facility to use symbol charts instead of letters when needed;

●      Check for conditions like squints, lazy eye, long and short sightedness. The earlier these conditions are picked up the better the treatment outcomes;

●      Check their colour vision, focusing ability, depth perception;

●      Use a Retinoscopy to closely check the back of the eye;

●      Look the outside of the eye, looking at their eyelid health, eyelash follicles and any eye discharge or swelling;

Your children’s vision is very precious and at Realeyes we can help to ensure that it stays precious so book an appointment today. If your child does need vision correction, we have a huge selection of kids’ frames, featuring their favourite characters and colours.

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