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Testing Under Tens: It’s In the Way That You Do It

Date: Thu 01/11/2018 - Sat 31/10/2020

Provider: Luxottica Institute of Learning

Optometrist Credits: 1.50 General Credits

Event Type(s): Online


For some optometrists, the thought of testing young children, brings them out in a cold sweat. For children over the age of 11, the eye examination is similar to that of an adult, with similar tests and instructions and sequencing. This article will focus on the younger age group and should help you feel more prepared when dealing with children by following some tips on how you can do it successfully. Obviously due to the large variety of tests available, this article cannot cover all tests used for assessing children, but will hopefully boost your confidence and knowledge.

The varying communication and cognitive abilities of children require significant modifications to the procedures and expectations of the eye examination. As a basic guideline, the age range of children has been segmented to provide common procedures and performance expectations.

These are:

  • Infants and Toddlers (birth to three years)
  • Pre-school Children (three years to six years)
  • Primary age children (five to 11 years)

It is imperative to remember that results may vary widely due to children’s individual development and performance capabilities throughout the entire age range.

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