With over 50 years of combined experience, Alfred Jay Opticians offer unparalleled expertise in the clinical care of children’s eyes and vision.
Our experience allows us to use the very best methods to ensure that our eye tests for children are completed in a comfortable and approachable manner, with the highest levels of accuracy.
Our expertise allows us to advise you in selecting the most appropriate children’s frames and lenses to suit and support your child’s vision.
At Alfred Jay Opticians, we recommend regular eye tests for children – as all good optometrists should.
Well… first, a little biology…
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.
That is why at Alfred Jay Opticians, we strongly encourage all parents to ensure that their children have their eyesight tested regularly.
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The harmful effects of the sun on the eyes include:
- Cataracts – a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure
- Macular degeneration, resulting from damage to the retina that destroys central vision
- Pterygium – tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism.
Beware of cheap imitations!
High quality, genuine sunglasses should do for the eyes what sun cream does for the skin – i.e. protect from damage.
At Alfred Jay Opticians our range of sunglasses for children include lenses that are are polarised to reduce glare and offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.
We have an exclusive range of sunglasses for babies and children by industry leaders such as Bollé, Cébé and Baby Banz – an Australian range of sunglasses for babies and children aged 0-10 years.