Children’s Eye Care

It is very important for you to have your child’s eyes tested at an early age, preferably before the age of 5, especially if there is a family history of lazy eye or squint. If these sorts of problems are detected early then it offers your child a better long-term outcome. In the majority of cases most kids are not aware of having any problems with their sight. Although most children will have undergone vision screening whilst in Nursery this is not a full eye examination. There are some conditions that screening will not detect so even if your child has passed screening you should still consider booking them an eye test.

We also offer specialist children services!

Myopia Management

Are you concerned that every time you take your child for an eye test their prescription always seem to get worse? Up until very recently we, as optometrists in the UK, could do very little to slow down myopic progression (short sightedness) in children. This is no longer the case. Myopia management is one of the most exciting advancements in optometry in many years. By lowering the total amount of myopia, a child may develop, we can lower their eventual risk of developing devastating eye diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma or myopic degeneration.

Looking After Your Childs Eyes

There are currently 2 forms of treatment that we provide at Fraser Optical.

MiSight contact lenses from Cooper Vision

Miyosmart spectacle lenses from Hoya

Please click on the links below to find out more

ReadEz Visual Stress test

For some individuals reading can be the visual equivalent of wading through a swamp. Every word or step can be challenging and hard work. Words can appear to move, wobble or flicker. For these people they may suffer from a condition called Visual Stress. Visual Stress is thought to be caused by hyperactivity of certain groups of cells in the brain. The good news is that the symptoms can often be reduced by using a coloured overlay, coloured lenses or by changing the background colour of the screen or tablet that you are looking at.

The ReadEZ system was developed at City University London by a team led by optometrist and visual scientist, Professor David Thomson. Using this software, we can determine if a coloured filter or lens may be of assistance. For some patients the increases in reading speed and reduced levels of symptoms can be remarkable.

Looking After Your Childs Eyes

We understand that children and their parents can be very concerned about the eye examination and the possible outcome of it. We have a very patient friendly approach to children’s eyecare. Years of experience have taught us how to put patients of all ages at ease and we are often praised for our ability to do that. Children’s eye exams are tailored for each child’s needs and ability. We have the latest technology and can use this to make the eye exam feel like a game for children. We will give the parent a full explanation of our findings and discuss with them the best future management of their child’s eyes.

Useful Info

Reducing Symptoms

Unlike Dyslexia, which is a distinct neurobiological difference and for which there is no “quick fix”, the effects of Visual Stress can often be easily and inexpensively remedied by the use of coloured overlays or lenses. However, although colour can often be the key, not any colour will do. For each child there is a specific hue (tint) and saturation (depth of colour) that will “work” best, so it is important that a sufficiently wide selection of colours is provided so that everybody’s needs are met. In some cases children requiring a deeper saturation “double up” two overlays of the same colour to achieve the desired effect.

Overlays or Lenses?

In some cases, the use of tinted lenses may be preferable to intervention with coloured overlays. For example, overlays may reduce or eliminate the effects of glare on a printed page in a classroom, but the writing on the whiteboard at the front or the posters on the wall may still be causing significant problems. In some cases it may be appropriate for coloured lenses to be prescribed, although as children get older they often become increasingly self-conscious about their lenses and may “forget” to wear them.

What about text on Computers?

Overlays and Reading Guides are great for reading printed text – but what about reading on a computer screen? Clip-Ons and spectacles can be used but why not just tint your screen! There is Virtual Overlay software out there which allows you to change the colours on your PC at the click of a button. If you are using Word or Excel or other software which uses the Windows colours, you can set both the text and background colour to any colour you like.