As we grow up, getting our eyesight tested is extremely important. In some cases, early detection can actually prevent certain conditions from getting worse. However, life can be busy, and it can be challenging to get your child to the optometrist. Luckily, it is possible to do a test at home.
This shouldn’t stop you from going to an appointment, but it can get you by until you have spare time. Want to learn more? Then keep on reading. We are going to discuss how to test your children’s eyesight at home.
Know the signs
While detecting eye problems isn’t always that easy, there are a few signs that you can watch out for. Things like consistent squinting, tilting of the head, rubbing of the eyes, and having difficulty concentrating on schoolwork could all be an indicator of eye problems.
Alternatively, if you find that your child is experiencing things like headaches and eyestrain due to technological devices, you might think about getting some kids blue light glasses. By being vigilant, you can get on top of something as soon as possible.
Gather the equipment
To get ready for the at-home test, you need to gather some supplies first. Many optometrist pages online offer a free printable eye test chart with both letters or easily identifiable pictures for younger children. Alongside this, you’ll need a flashlight, pen/paper, paint-friendly tape, and a tape measure.
Create a test area
Once you’ve got the right equipment, it’s time to create the test area. You’ll need to measure 10 feet away from a bare wall and place a chair that is comfortable for your child. Then, put the chart at eye level on the wall with paint-friendly tape to avoid any accidents.
Do the test
When your child is ready for the test, have them sit down and cover one eye. A cut out can be used for this, or another adult can help so that there is no chance of them peeking. Then illuminate the paper with a torch and ask them to read out each line. Then repeat the process for the other eye. Don’t forget to write down what lines they were able to read!
Understand the results
There should be numbers such as 20/100 or 20/63 along the side of your printed eye test chart. These are what are used to determine your child’s results. A 3 or 4-year-old should be able to read the 20/40 line, while a 5 year old 20/30. In comparison, older children and adults should have 20/20 vision.
Speak to your local optometrist
Lastly, if you do find that they are struggling with the test, it’s time to book an optometrist appointment, as they can run a more in-depth exam. From here, you might also need to speak to a pediatric ophthalmologist depending on if they have a diagnosed eye problem. Remember, while home-testing can be convenient, it can never replace the skills of a trained professional.