As a parent, you’ll do anything you can to ensure your children have the very best in life. From getting them into the best schools, to taxiing them to after school activities and friends’ houses, and keeping them fit and healthy with nutritious meals (with the odd treat thrown in!). In fact, you spend so much time concentrating on your offspring that you probably have to be reminded to take care of yourself too.
With all this going on, it’s easy to forget the less obvious aspects of caring for your children, like their eye health. It’s likely that you take for granted that your kids’ eyes are ok, because they don’t complain about not being able to see clearly. However, it’s worth remembering that children’s eyes aren’t like adults’, and they often don’t know that they have any issues with their sight, because they don’t know what ‘normal’ vision is.
Sadly, 1 in 4 school-aged children have an undiagnosed eye condition. This can be frustrating for them, but it can also affect things like their school work and behaviour. That’s why it’s important to have your children’s eyes examined with an expert optician at least once a year (and this is paid for by the NHS for children under 16).
If your child does need glasses then there’s no need to worry. At Eye Emporium, we actually find that many children look forward to wearing glasses as they’re considered a fashion accessory now. If they’re less than thrilled at the prospect, our team will help make it exciting, as will the great children’s brands that we stock (which are all durable and made to withstand little hands).
Your job as a parent is to choose the best lenses to go into your child’s new specs. We will help with this too.
One lens option that we think is perfect for children is transition lenses. You may have heard of these before; they change from clear to tinted when your environment changes from indoor to outdoor. Typically, these lenses are prescribed for adults, but there are numerous benefits for children using these lenses too.
Children are at a much higher risk of UV damage to their eyes than adults. This damage can go on to cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and even sunburn of the eye.
The eyes of kids under 10 let in more than 6 times more UV than adults’ eyes, meaning they need protecting from an early age. Transition lenses help to ensure that children wear protective sunglasses when they’re outdoors – if they’re walking home from school or out playing with friends, for example – when they usually might not think to swap their specs for sunglasses which will block out the harmful UV light. They will also think this type of lens is cooler than ordinary lenses, meaning they’ll be more inclined to wear their glasses when they should.
Another option we’d highly recommend is an anti-reflection coating on kids’ lenses. This gives children sharper vision as almost all light is stopped from reflecting in their eyes, meaning seeing things like the whiteboard in class is much easier. It’s also greatly beneficial for when they’re using a computer or even watching television because it stops the eyes from tiring so quickly from overuse.
Of course, there are other options you need to consider too, like the material lenses are made from. For example, at Eye Emporium, we’d recommend plastic lenses for children rather than glass lenses which could break and cause damage to the eye. Children need the most robust options to withstand their rough and tumble!
We understand that this can all be a little confusing, so our friendly team are always on hand to talk you through your options when it comes to any glasses, not just children’s.
For more information or to book your child’s next eye examination give our experts at Eye Emporium a call, on 0800 020 9202.