But latest research published on the Association of Optometrists website* shows that 78 per cent of children aged under 16 did not have the free NHS eye test they were entitled to, potentially leaving them at risk of a variety of serious sight problems if left undetected and untreated.
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The most significant eye problems during childhood include:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Strabismus (squint)
- Defective binocular vision
- Hypermetropia (longsightedness)
- Myopia (shortsightedness).
There is little doubt of the importance of eye testing for children – a child’s eyesight goes through a crucial period of development from birth to the age of seven. If problems are not caught at an early stage they can lead to serious sight problems.
Poor eye sight or eye problems can slowdown a child’s progress in school intellectually and socially. Inability to read, see the black/white board, engage with other pupils and play sport can have a disastrous effect.
Research from Aston University has shown that a large proportion of children are still being left with untreated and undiagnosed sight problems – approximately one in 10 Year 8 children and one in 20 Year 2 children have uncorrected refractive errors and require glasses but do not have them.
Parents may not be aware that all children aged under 16 (under 19 if in full time education) are entitled to a FREE eye test and an NHS voucher which will pay for a pair of glasses.
To book your child’s free eye test use the Request an Appointment facility, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org call (01661) 820008.