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Eyecare Tips for Children

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Children’s eyes go through a number of different development stages, so it’s important to be aware of their visual abilities and looking for signs of any changes. Good vision plays an important role in children’s growth and progress, so promoting healthy vision in an ever-changing, digitally connected world is crucial.

The increasing use of digital devices can be harmful to children’s eyes, especially for those with myopia or astigmatism. Between understanding how to look after children’s eyes and knowing the right lenses for kids, you can optimise and protect their vision in the long run.

Lenses for kids
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Understanding children’s eyesight

When babies are born, they can only see in black and white until their vision continues to stabilise. Through the ages of 1-3, they will begin to see the world around them in colour. 

By the time your child reaches six years old, their vision will be very similar to that of an adult. Despite this, it’s important to remember that the visual needs of children are very different. 

Finding the right glasses for children

If your child does need glasses, make sure they are designed for their specific visual behaviour. The glasses should fit comfortably around their ears and across the bridge of the nose. You might also want to look for glasses that have spring hinges, so they are less likely to snap.

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The new Eyezen Kids lenses are perfectly designed for children’s eyes, taking into account the different parameters so they can enjoy clear vision that’s comfortable. Children’s arms are shorter, so they will see objects from a closer distance than adults, while they also spend a lot of time looking up. Typically, children will also see with much shorter eye movements.

Eyezen Kids lenses will optimise their vision for a wide variety of activities, from sports to computer use, but they will also protect your children’s eyes from UV and harmful blue light.

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Looking after your children’s eyesight

It’s recommended that your child has their first eye examination around the age of 6 months and then again at the age of 3. Their school may carry out an eye examination when your child starts school, or you can take them to your local optician. Once your child starts school, it’s recommended they have an eye examination at least every year as they continue to develop. 

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Conditions like myopia tend to emerge in school-age children, so it can be helpful to look out for signs such as children sitting closer to objects, complaining of headaches or rubbing their eyes more frequently. 

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