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Testing a baby's eyes - How young can they have an eye test?
Testing a baby's eyesight - when can we? Well - the first priority for testing a child' eyes is that they have been born!
At birth, childrens eyes should be assessed by the paediatrician for any congenital problems.
Some eye conditions may be spotted by parents, friends or even from photographs!
If one eye looks larger than its partner, this may indicate raised pressure within the eye, a condition called infantile glaucoma, which needs urgent investigation.
Other rare conditions may be suggested when looking at a photograph because the "red eye" reflex in the pupil is a different colour or dark. These conditions should be investigated as a matter of urgency
For the first few weeks, a baby has little control over the eye movements, but after about 6 weeks, they become better aligned and start to be more observant about the world around them. If an eye appears to be turned in or out, this should be assessed
In Optometric practice, we an see babies as young as 6 months and would recommend an eye test by about 1 year. By using an instrument called a retinoscope, we can estimate whether the child needs spectacles, and the power required. Children who are very long-sighted (hypermetropia) are at a greater risk of developing a squint (strabismus or turned eye).
The earlier these potential problems are identified, the better the prognosis for good vision for life