Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: mom | 2012-11-05

Q.

eye test for 6 year old

Hi Doctor. My 6 year old daughter had an eye test done at school. The result came back that she has reduced vision right and left. She appears to be very far-sighted with astigmatism. What does this mean and is it something to worry about? I asked my optometrist if she could test her but she said it is illegal to test girls under 8. she has to go to an opthamologist. Is this true? If so why would spec savers advertise that they test children btw the ages of 6 - 12 for free? To my knowledge it was an optometrist at school that came to test the children not an opthamologist. I hope you could clarify this for me. Thank you, kind regards.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I was not aware of this age restriction and enquired about this from a local optometrist. He informed me that there is no actual age restriction. On the Spec Savers website they mention testing children younger than 6 years. Asigmatism is a focus problem usually due to an irregularity of the cornea that does not having its usual smooth shape. It is very common indeed. You should take your daughter to an optometrist first and then only if necessary you may be referred to an ophthalmologist.

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