When should a child's first eye test take place?

When should a child's first eye test take place?

Published at 9:33pm 25th November 2018. (Updated at 8:38am 28th November 2018)

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We're all encouraged to get our eyes tested regularly, but at what age should a child's first eye test take place? Christopher Nixon Optometrist is here with the all important advice.

From birth, babies begin exploring the wonders in the world with their eyes. Even before they learn to reach and grab with their hands or crawl and sit-up, their eyes are providing information and stimulation important for their development. Providing there is no history of problems relating to eyesight within your family, the ideal age for a child to get their first eye test is three.

Screen Time

In studies regarding vision development in children that spend time outside compared to those spending more recreational time indoors, regardless of task, the onset of short sight is later in those spending at least two hours a day participating in outdoor activities. Other studies suggest that visual and cognitive development in infants are both delayed by excessive screen time. So the advice from Chris Nixon is to put down that tablet and get outside to play!

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