I was recently asked to create a video to see the world through my children’s eyes – literally. I know many of us take our eyes for granted but I asked the children a few pertinent questions about their eyes and what their ideas were about certain things like – ‘What are eyes made of’?, ‘What happens to our eyes when we fall asleep’?
They came up with some pretty funny answers and then we actually got to research the answers. So it was a pretty good learning experience for us.
Boots Opticians had recently surveyed 2,000 children aged 5-10 to coincide with National Eye Health Week as it’s estimated that up to 1 million children in the UK currently have an undetected vision problem.3
The findings also revealed:
· Kids wish their eyes had superpowers – 62% wish they could see through walls, 30% wish they could see through people and 34% want to be able to see what’s behind them
· Over a third (36%) think the whole world goes dark when they close their eyes – 10% even think they disappear
· 16% believe blinking turns the lights off and a further 7% are convinced time stands still
· 1 in 10 think their parents chose their eye colour – 5% think it’s a decision they can make once they are old enough
· 25% think the black dot in the middle of the eye is an empty hole or a small camera
· 10% said their tears taste salty because they’re made from sea water – 15% said it was because they had eaten a packet of ready salted crisps.
Here are some top tips from Russell Peake, Eye Health Condition Manager at Boots Opticians about children’s eye health-
- After being away from the classroom for the summer holidays, signs such as your child rubbing their eye, blinking excessively or clumsiness may indicate a sight issue
- Kids won’t always articulate they are struggling to see and will often adapt their behaviour. Keep an eye out for signs such as sitting closer to the television, holding their book closer or squinting at text in the distance
- It’s a myth that children need to be able to read to have any eye check. Children should have their eyes checked at least every 2 years from the age of three – but you can take them sooner.
- Regular eye checks up to the age of eight are recommended as a child’s eyes are still developing and this can help improve the outcome if they have a sight problem. For example, treatment for a lazy eye is most successful before the age of 7 so early intervention is vital
- If your child is in front of a screen for prolonged periods of time – such as a computer or ipad – use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes get them to look 20 feet away (six metres) for 20 seconds to help give their eye muscles a break
- Depending on where you live in the UK your child may have their eyesight checked via a local vision screening programme but it is no longer a guarantee. Remember these should not replace a full eye check at your local optician. Eye health checks are free on the NHS until a child is 16 years old. If your child needs glasses, you can also get an NHS voucher towards the cost, so often they are free of charge
- An eye health check can tell you more about your child’s eyes than just their sight. An eye check can detect diabetes, some cancers and although rare, can also detect some tumours. At Boots Opticians, all eye checks include digital retinal photography as standard which can help us to identify serious health conditions
and behaviour towards eye health.
Here is a link to our video. 🙂