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When to Take Your Child for Their First Sight Test: A Guide for Parents

One of the most common questions we receive at our practice is from parents wondering when the best time and what age is most appropriate for their child or children to be seen for their first sight test appointment.

The thing that makes it most difficult for parents to know when to take their children to the optician is that a child will very rarely complain about their vision. The best advice we can offer is that every two years is the typically recommended amount of time between tests for young people, however this will vary from individual to individual and it is essential that the advice of the ophthalmic practitioner is followed regarding this.

There are a number of tell-tale signs that a child may be struggling with their vision. Sitting too close to the television whilst watching, or holding books or objects very closely in order to see them clearer are just two of these. Repeated blinking, rubbing of the eyes, and movement of one eye rather than both can also be indications that a visit to the ophthalmic practitioner is needed.

In any instance, if you feel your child is struggling with their vision or that they require a sight test, it is important that you speak with staff at the practice or the NHS in order to ensure they are seen for an appointment as necessary.
For further advice, please do not hesitate to contact us here or by telephone directly at the practice on 01268 752919.