Back to school, Back to early rises

First week of school runs consisting of early rises, squeezing in time for cereal, popping on your children’s shoes and not forgetting the lunch bags before leaving the house. Oh, how sweet the snooze button feels on Wednesday! Come Friday and somehow you’ve only got 5 minutes to get everything done. Hit the snooze button once, twice, what could be the chances of pressing it the third time? Have tiredness and a small bit of laziness hit?
Well did you know this is a similar scenario with the development of your child’s vision?
One of the eyes can become lazy too. Have you ever heard of the diagnosis amblyopia? So what is a lazy eye? Is it a sleepy eye, shy eye or an eye that’s letting the other eye do all the work? Well you’re not far off from the truth.
A lazy eye, or an amblyopic eye, is an eye which cannot see as well as the other eye. For example, your child may be able to read the smallest line on the chart with their right eye but cover that eye up and the left eye struggles to read half way down the chart. Therefore this difference in vision can be difficult for the child to communicate or even alert someone.
It is important to check for visual difference as visual development is complete at the age of 7. This means whatever vision we have up to the age of 7 that will be the level of vision for the child for the rest of their life. A simple eye test before school can prevent such a difference of vision between the two eyes.
And don’t worry, if such a difference is found there are many treatment options available and can be discussed with your local optician.
So let’s beat pressing the snooze button and overcoming amblyopic eyes together. Book your child’s vision check before school. Get down to your local opticians and book your child’s vision check.
At Eyes Optical Optometrists, we will help your child reach further heights with the best vision possible. Call us today on 01419546317, or visit us at out practice at: 1497 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G14 9XL

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