A child’s vision is of paramount importance to their neurological and educational development.
Our visual sense is our most important sense. Eighty per cent of our sensory information we obtain via our eyes. Any difficulty in processing that information can have a profound effect on our performance in education, work, sport and leisure. This is why at Spurrett Optometry we absolutely believe in the advantage of proper visual correction and training.
It is said that a child’s visual development is fixed by the age of eight and so any impediment to vision needs to be addressed before that age.
At the age of seven, Alan Spurrett visited an expert and dedicated optician who corrected his previously mis-diagnosed myopia (short sightedness), treated its associated binocular vision defect and thus avoided his developing dyslexia.
This led directly to his enjoying a grammar school education, a successful undergraduate and postgraduate university experience and a career in university teaching. None of which would have been possible without that all important meeting with the right optometrist and explains why he regards accurate visual assessment and correction not only important but imperative.
Visual function can be assessed as early as six months and give early warning of visual weakness, binocular vision problems and squints. All children should be examined pre-school to eliminate any visual weakness that could lead to problems with educational development.
It was in India, working at the School for Perfect Eyesight that Dieter became interested in Vision Therapy and eye exercises especially for kids with learning difficulties. Dieter has been with Spurretts since 2001 where he was able to follow this interest as a member of BABO (British Association of Behavioural Optometrists).
If you have any concerns about your Childs eye sight, or they have difficulty concentrating during a reading task or close up work, we would recommend an eye test.
Other things to look out for include: Excessive blinking, Squinting, Peering closely at books or TV, Clumsiness, Poor performance at school & headaches.
Childrens eye tests are free up to the age of 16. Government assistance is also available towards the cost of spectacles should they be required.