In Guernsey the Board of Health supply a screening service for newborns and preschool children at the hospital which is free to use and integrates with other paediatric providers. It is particularly important that developmental problems are picked up at the earliest possible age and any relevant family history should be considered as a risk factor.
There is a window of opportunity for lazy eyes (amblyopia) to respond to spectacles and/or occlusion before the age of 7 years and every encouragement should be given to ensure that spectacles are well fitted and comfortable. This is an area we enjoy, and we take care to create a happy atmosphere so that wearing spectacles is associated with something positive and pleasurable. Our range of frames and sunglasses for those at school is extensive and we will always order the favourite colour for you if it is not in stock.
Please provide your children with adequate sun protection, especially in blue light, near water, sand or snow. Whilst hats are helpful for overhead light it is thought that the most damage to our retinas occurs when the sun is lower in the sky.