Ask the Optician – Children’s Eyes

Ask the Optician – Children’s Eyes
Ask the Optician – Children’s Eyes

BEFORE term begins, I wanted to answer your questions on children’s eyes, as if visual problems aren’t identified early it can affect how well they do at school.

  1. When should I start taking my child to the opticians?
  2. We believe that children should have their first eye examination at around three years old but if you are concerned, don’t wait until then. The earlier any vision problems are discovered, the better the chance of correcting them.
  3. How can the optometrist examine my toddler’s eyes when she can’t read?
  4. A. Opticians can assess which kind of lenses, if any, are needed without your child having to read with special tests and charts for children and instruments such as a retinoscope.
  5. Are there any signs I can look for to suggest there is a problem with my child’s eyesight?
  6. Look out for your child sitting too close to the TV, rubbing their eyes repeatedly, complaining of headaches, being clumsy or squinting and take your child to the optician if you notice anything.
  7. What is the relation between eyesight and performing well at school?
  8. A. Experts believe that many learning disabilities could be vision related as they may not be able to read the blackboard or text books, so it’s vital to identify problems early.

Specsavers Opticas is located in Marbella and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. To find your nearest store and book an eye test visit

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