A dedicated paediatric clinic now open in Portlaoise
A DEDICATED paediatric clinic specialising in eye examinations and services for infants and young children is now on offer in Portlaoise.
Optometrist and Specsavers Store Director Brian Duffy recently completed a postgraduate module in Paediatric Optometry at Cardiff University. The course places a strong emphasis on the need for eye examinations for children and how the practitioner can ensure child-friendly testing procedures for a successful examination. This enables him to test children aged three years and older.
Mr Duffy says, 'Your child's eyesight is one of their most precious senses and being able to see clearly is incredibly important in their overall development. Poor eyesight can cause learning and behavioural problems so it’s important that any vision problems are corrected as early as possible. At Specsavers Portlaoise our aim is to give parents the peace of mind of knowing that their child's needs are being handled by the best professionals in the area.'
A child’s first eye test
A child’s first eye test should take place at three years old as it allows the optician to diagnose and treat any potential issues before they develop further. Specsavers uses specifically designed charts that allow children to recognise shapes or pictures, or even to match letters, rather than the traditional charts so that they can test children’s eyes even if they are unable to read.
Mr Duffy highlights the importance of regular eye examinations for children, 'During the first 12 years of our lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through our vision yet one out of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress. It is harder to correct any vision problems which may have developed so the earlier they are detected the better the outcome.'
Child sight problems
It is often difficult to tell whether your child has sight problems; however there are a number of things that parents should look out for in their children:
• Straining their eyes or tilting their head to see better
• Frequent eye rubbing
• Losing their place while reading, or using a finger to guide their eyes
• Falling behind in school
• Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
• The presence of a “turn” in the eye or a misdirection of the eyes
Staff at Specsavers are always striving to bring an even better service to customers in Portlaoise through continuous training. Brian Duffy is a fully qualified optometrist with a career in eye care spanning 14 years, bringing a wealth of experience to the team in Specsavers Portlaoise, which provides the best in eye care to the local community.
Tue09:00 - 17:30
Wed09:30 - 17:30
Thu09:00 - 19:00
Fri09:00 - 19:00
Sat09:00 - 17:30
Sun11:00 - 16:00