At birth, babies have very limited eyesight. They can only really see things that are quite close to them, everything else is a blur.
Over the first 6-12 months of life, connections between the eyes and the brain develop – including the ability to see in 3D – and this development continues until the age of about 7 or 8 years old.
The eyes do continue to change after this, but the so called “hard wiring” that gives the eyes the potential to see well, is pretty much cemented by the age of 8 years old.
Development of this hard wiring happens through regular visual stimulation. If there is anything that prevents the eyes from seeing, like a squint, or a significant prescription, then these connections between the eyes and the brain will not develop and the child will have limited vision throughout their life.
It is therefore extremely important to ensure that your child has regular eye examinations from an early age.
If a problem is detected, the younger your child is when it is picked up, then (in most cases) the greater the chance of treating that problem and correcting it.
At Eyesey Eyecare we strongly encourage all parents to ensure that their children have their eye sight tested regularly.
Eyesey Eyecare have a fantastic range of children’s frames and standard lenses are free under the NHS.
Sunglasses do for the eyes what sun cream does for the skin – i.e. protects from damage.
Please call: 020 8429 0101 for more information or to make an appointment.
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