Rods & Cones Eyecare
Unit 4, Ashleigh Centre,
Dublin 15,

Tel:  (01) 8211612



Opening Hours:

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 10 to 6
Wednesday - 10 to 6
Thursday - 10 to 8 (Late Night)
Friday - 10 to 6
Saturday - 10 to 6
Sunday - Closed

We do not close for lunch.
Out of hours appointments available upon request.


Childrens Eye Exams

Up to 45 Minute Consultation - Reduced Price for up to 16 y/o: € 25

The critical age of a child’s visual development is up to 7 yrs of age.

If the child has an underlying eye condition that remains undiagnosed by this age , the window of opportunity  to treat this condition may have been lost.

It is estimated that 5% -10% of pre-school children and 25% of school going children have vision problems. The majority of young children will have a refractive correction i.e. a prescription. However, this does not mean they necessarily need glasses. The power of the eye changes quite rapidly in childhood and a level of hyperopia (long sightedness) is quite normal in young children. Often this "normalises" naturally as the child approaches school going age.

Eyecare for Infants

A paediatrician will usually perform a gross visual check on your child soon after birth to rule out serious eye conditions. Vision will again be checked at any follow up developmental appointments - usually at 6 months and again at 1 year. Any abnormality noted at this point will be referred on to a specialist, usually an ophthalmologist.


Eyecare for  Pre School & School Going Children

At Rods & Cones we are pleased to test children from ~ 4 yrs old. As long as the child can recognise shapes or letters and are reasonably cooperative, the visual assessment can be successful.

Even children who cannot read are able to have a visual assessment. Symbols and shapes may be used at both distance and near positions to check how well they can see. The more "fun" the tests appear to be the easier it is for the child to participate and co-operate.


When should my child get an eye exam ?

It is recommended that you child have a routine eye exam on a yearly basis up to 16 yrs old.

If any of the following are relevant to your child you should not delay in booking an eye exam.

  • Family history of:   
    • Long sightedness ( Hyperopia )
    • Short sightedness ( Myopia )
    • Astigmatism
    • Squint / Lazy eye
  • Child complaining  of headaches / eye ache
  • Poor hand/eye co ordination
  • Learning difficulties
  • Holding books very close
  • Closing one eye or turning head to focus ahead.


What is involved in a Children’s Eye Exam ?
  • History & Symptoms
    • Discussion with child and parents to determine any visual symptoms and family history
  • Retinoscopy
    • Using a retinoscope that shines a streak of light on the back of the eye to estimate the prescription if any
  • Picture Matching /Letter Identification
    • This gives a starting point as to the child’s level of vision
  • Colour Vision Assessment
    • Checks for any red-green defect among other colour vision abnormalities
  • Binocular Vision Assessment
    • Series of tests to ensure both eyes work efficiently together  to give a clear defined single image
  • Stereopsis
    • Helps examines if there is a normal level of depth perception for judging distances
  • Fixation Assessment
    • Checks the child’s ability to track and follow targets 
  • Cover Test
    • A simple test to investigate any abnormal movement of the eyes that may indicate strabismus or squint
  • Ophthalmoscopy
    • Using an ophthalmoscope to shine a light onto the back of the eye and examine the health  of the retina , lens , cornea , pupils  and other eye structures.