How well do they see?

It can be a big surpise to find out that your child’s eyesight is not that good. Usually they have managed fine and you didn’t even know.

Children can be completely out of focus (long or short-sighted) or have very poor vision and only a screening test like the iScreen can tell.

Common eye problems

Squint

“Squint”: A common term for having 2 eyes that can’t look in the same direction, this affects 4% of all people, and causes loss of depth perception, and signs of double vision

Longsighted

Hyperope: This makes everything somewhat blurred, small details are missed, headaches start, and eyes start to cross inward. Glasses really easily and quickly treat it

A Lazy eye

Amblyopia: Is when 1 eye can’t see well, even after glasses are worn. The brain is blocking the vision out, and needs to be taught how to use this eye again

Get seen straight away

Some very bad things can turn up in a child who has a ‘squint’, or a funny pupil reflection. It makes no sense to delay being seen – it’s free for children from 6 months to the end of age 3 years!

After a short test our technician will be able to say whether any abnormalities are present. A normal test means it is extremely unlikely your child has any serious eye problem. We advise a follow-up test for all children in this age group.

Family history

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Lazy eyes often run in families – the problems with focus, and with how the brain uses the picture from each eye can be passed on. If either parent, or any brothers and sisters have poor vision in 1 eye, or a turned eye that needed surgery, it would be wise to have them checked.

iScreen has a number of options, from the simple, efficient and accurate screening test, to a careful check of vision, or amazing retinal photographRead More

Why get seen now?

Amblyopia is the name used for an eye which cannot see because the brain has not been given a chance to develop vision. This is a problem unique to children 5 or younger – which is why we offer a free service to detect it.
Once vision is lost, or if it has never developed a child’s brain adapts to what it knows, which is to only use 1 eye, and it actively cuts out the vision from the other “lazy” eye.
To prevent or reverse this can be very difficult as a child gets older. The younger any eye problem is found the better the vision in both eyes will be, glasses are a big part of treatment, combined with eye drops or patches to help the brain re-adapt to using the weaker eye.