WITH summer holidays over and a new school year now underway, Crewe & Nantwich opticians are advising that now is the ideal time for children to have their eye health checked.
According to the Association of Optometrists, up to 1 million children in the UK have an undetected vision problem and as a consequence some are struggling to concentrate in class which can lead to poor performance in school¹.
Good eyesight is one of the most important tools to aid a child’s learning and if their eyesight is not in top condition it can result in frustration for the child and may also impact their development.
Michael Elleray, store director at Crewe Specsavers in Market Street, says: ‘Children should have their eyes tested at least every two years from the age of three in order to maintain optimum health. As they continue to develop and change, more regular examinations may be required, particularly if there is a family history of sight problems.’
He continues: ‘Undetected problems with vision can damage a child’s confidence and performance, especially in activities such as reading and sports that require hand-eye co-ordination and so regular eye tests are vital.’
Michael Elleray concludes: ‘Subtle signs such as poor handwriting, clumsiness or falling behind peers at school, can be an indication of visual difficulties, so it is important children undergo an eye examination at the earliest opportunity.’
Most infants and pre-school children have regular vision screening as part of their routine developmental checks. These early tests are invaluable, but are not as thorough as a full eye examination by a qualified optometrist. At Specsavers the test is designed to be friendly and fun for kids of all ages.
Eye examinations for children under 16 and in full time education are available free on the NHS; call your local store to find out more.
To book your next appointment at Specsavers Crewe call 01270 250707 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/Crewe. To book your next appointment at Specsavers Nantwich call 01270 621660 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/Nantwich.