Opening Times

Does anything happen to the eye as we age?

Yes. From the age of about 45 there is a gradual loss of flexibility in the crystaline lens within the eye (presbyopia), which reduces our ability to focus on near objects.

Are older people at more risk from glaucoma?

Yes. It is uncommon for people to suffer from glaucoma (increase in pressure within the eye, causing potential damage to the optic nerve and sight receptors at the back of the eye) below the age of 40, but affects one per cent of people over 40 and five per cent over 65.

Can young children have an eye examination?

Yes. Eyecare professionals agree children should be tested from around three years of age, earlier if there is a problem or history of family eye problems.

Are contact lenses suitable for children?

Yes. They are more suitable for older children and are often preferred to glasses. Due to the need to insert and remove, clean and handle the contact lenses, they are not suitable for younger children.

Do babies see at birth?

Yes. Most babies are born long-sighted, although the eyes are not fully developed and vision needs to be checked in order to ensure normal visual development.

Do children grow out of sight problems?

No. If left uncorrected for too long, some sight defects cannot be put right, but establishing a routine of regular eye examinations can detect and treat these at an early stage.

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