Examinations with children in mind

Eye examinations for children

It is usually a fun experience for children and they enjoy all the technology and measurements, particularly having the chance to see inside their own eyes. Our examinations are tailored to children using specialised equipment so they do not have to be able to read or talk to be able to perform an eye examination.

History and symptoms

A discussion with you and your child about any current worries or needs, making them feel at ease. We have plenty toys and magazines to help to entertain them. It should be a fun and interesting experience for all.

 

Our examinations are tailored to children using specialised equipment so they do not have to be able to read or talk to be able to perform an eye examination.

Pre-screening

Using our high tech equipment to measure:

Visual fields – assessment of your peripheral vision usually using a specially designed machine, however this can also be performed by wiggling fingers in the right place!

Inside the eye – using the various scans and scanners but also using the slit lamp and a handheld lens to do this manually

In the examination room

Visual acuity – measurement of vision at a distance and up close for reading. For children who can’t read, we may use shapes and matching games.

Refraction – measurement of glasses prescription including specific tests for long and short sightedness as well as measuring any astigmatism

Binocular vision assessment – various tests and measures to see how eyes are working together as a pair and check the prescription is ‘balanced’. Includes a range of fun tests for children.

Pupil reactions

Slit Lamp – microscopic exam of lids/lashes/cornea and front surface and chamber of the eye

Colour vision – to check for any colour deficiency by looking at pictures in a book.

Discussion of findings

We explain things as we go through but summarise at the end the main findings and recommendations. We always ensure there is plenty of time to ask questions.

Younger children may enjoy seeing some of their favourite characters having an eye examination.