Vision problems in children directly affect their education and career choices

At Albert Road Opticians, we specialise in helping children with reading difficulties.

Poor vision has a direct affect on your child’s education and can limit their career choices later in life.Common and easily corrected eye conditions cause many children to struggle with simple reading and writing exercises. It is vital that you book your children in for an eye examination before they start school and then every 18 months after. Your child may not be able to tell you that they have an eye condition as they aren’t always able to recognise it. Undetected eye conditions in children can cause them to feel frustrated and disgruntled, often resulting in disruption and poor literacy skills. Conditions like astigmatism, colour blindness, long sightedness, short sightedness and squints can all affect your child’s vision and concentration. Short sightedness and long sightedness are both very common. Short sightedness will hamper your child’s ability to focus on the board or screen at the front of the class, while long sightedness can cause them to struggle with reading materials. Colour blindness is common amongst boys and directly affects their career choices. Pilots and train drivers amongst other professions require perfect vision. Tired eyes and squints are symptoms that are usually linked to astigmatism. This is when the eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football but it can be corrected under the instruction of an experienced optometrist. If left untreated, astigmatism can lead to eyestrain. If your child is under the age of 16 or under 19 and in full-time education, they qualify for free eye examinations.