With more than 15 years’ experience, optometrist Clare is the manager and clinical lead at Kodak Lens in Cheltenham, and knows a thing or two about how to keep your eyes healthy and glasses stylish.
Giving her tips on how to spot when your child needs glasses, and if a new set of specs really has to cost the earth, Clare’s been giving SoGlos the lowdown in our latest expert insight.
For more information visit kodaklenscheltenham.co.uk directly.
Part of the problem with children is because their vision is what they’ve always known, they might not actually know if they have an issue with their vision.
The obvious things to look out for is if the child is complaining of headaches, or they’re squinting and blinking a lot. A lot of children have one very good eye and one not so good eye and that needs to be caught as early as possible. We advise that all children get their eyes tested just before school.
There are a lot of options for parents. The NHS actually issues a voucher for children’s glasses if they are required. There are several options that are included in that voucher and then parents can choose an upgrade for slightly different frames, if they want to.
Short sightedness is becoming more and more prevalent with our indoor lifestyle. There has been some research that has shown that the more of an ‘outdoor lifestyle’ children have, the less likely they are to go short sighted.
But having said that, if your children are outdoors, you do need to take measures to protect their eyes from UV rays.
Regular eye examinations will always pick things up nice and early. Of course, keeping your eyes protected from the sun with UV protective sunglasses and a hat is always good.
Good nutrition and making sure your children drinks plenty is also good. When it comes to screen time and technology, there’s a simple 20 – 20 rule. What that means is that for every 20 minutes we spend looking at a screen, we should spend 20 seconds looking away and giving the eyes a good break. Being in good lighting when you’re on screens will help too.
Generally young children and young babies will have special spectacles which work with those developing nose bridges and facial features.
Everybody ought to be getting their eyes tested every two years, at least. Even if you feel if your vision is fine, looking at the general health of the eye is very important.
For more information, call (01242) 504800, or visit kodaklenscheltenham.co.uk directly.
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