At Deirdre Cooke Opticians we don't forget the kids.....Children require eye tests too!

80% of what children learn at school is presented visually. It is therefore essential your child's vision is assessed at regular intervals to maximise their learning. At Deirdre Cooke Opticians Sligo, our Optometrists understand that every parent wants the best for their child.  We are here to help in any way we can, whether that be via vision screening, referrals or general advice on what signs and symptoms to watch for that indicate your child may have a visual problem.

When should my child have their first eye examination?

If there is a family history of a lazy eye (amblyopia), a turn in the eye (strabismus) or other congenital eye conditions then your child should be examined between the ages of 1 and 2.  There is a narrow window of approx 6 years between the ages of 2 and 8 when a child's visual system is rapidly developing so intervention with glasses and/or patching can help maximise the potential for good vision in both eyes.  All children should have their eyes examined before they start school. A child will often not report that their vision is blurred as they have never known anything different and assume this is how everyone sees.  If you have any concerns about your childs vision the opticians at Deirdre Cooke's Sligo would be happy to discuss them with you.

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Adjustments are essential

Life can take it's toll on children's glasses. They mysteriously get bent, broken and scratched. Glasses that do not fit correctly on your child's face will not deliver the best visual correction. If your child's glasses are constantly slipping down their nose your child will end up looking over the lenses and not through them. Likewise if your child's glasses are bent, the lenses will not be lined up for your child's eyes as intended.  If your child's glasses are too narrow they may end up pinching the temples or on the bridge of their nose.  The glasses will be uncomfortable for your child to wear. At Deirdre Cooke Opticians Sligo we offer a complimentary frame adjustment service for all our patients ... especially children!

Make patch wearing fun!

At Deirdre Cooke Opticians we are delighted to introduce the ORTOPAD! We understand that being told your child has to wear an eye patch can be stressful both for you, as a parent and your child. As optometrists we also understand how vital it is for your child's visual development that the prescribed pattern of patching is followed with good compliance. The Ortopads are made from an exceptionally soft and breathable non-woven fleece with a special light excluding pad and skin friendly adhesive. They are hypoallergenic and leave no sticky residue on the skin. The patches can be supplied with wonderful multi-coloured gender appropriate patterns and some designs have a glitter finish! They also come in 3 different sizes with nasal slits cut in the patch for a better fit close to the nose. So, instead of patch wearing being a dreaded, uncomfortable experience, it can now be comfortable and exciting leading to happy kids, happy parents and happy opticians!

 

 

How would I know if my child had a problem with their vision?

Some of the more common signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Not being able to see the school board/TV
  • One eye turning ( may only be present when tired or ill)
  • Headaches, especially towards evening time
  • Holding books very close to their face
  • Eye rubbing or blinking
  • Complaining of double vision
  • Reduced attention span

Symptoms are not limited to the above so if you have any concerns our opticians will be happy to speak with you and advise on the best action. Any visual problem can interfere with a child's ability to learn so early detection and intervention is essential.

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