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September heralds the start of another year at school and creates a long to-do list for many parents―new school supplies and clothing, meeting new teachers and finding new classrooms. However, what many parents often forget to include on their child’s back to school to-do list is their annual eye exam.

Good eyesight is every child’s passport to the future. Yet it’s easy for parents to think there’s nothing wrong with their child’s sight, not realising that vision can change quickly as young eyes develop.

80% of a child’s learning occurs visually. So if children have poor vision, they find it difficult to learn at school and reach their full potential. Nor will they enjoy everyday childhood activities as much as they could. That’s why annual eye examinations for children, which are provided by NHS for free, are recommended and are the key to good vision.

Many children are not able to recognize a vision problem for what it is, therefore it is up to parents to keep a watchful eye.

What Are Some Signs of Vision Problems in Children?

  • Excessive blinking
  • Squinting
  • Peering closely at books and TV
  • Bumping into objects
  • Poor performance at school

It doesn’t matter if your child is too young to talk or read a letter chart as Optometrist’s can use a range of techniques and modern equipment to detect visual problems at any age. The earlier any problem is detected, the greater the chances of it being corrected.

Remember it costs nothing to have your child’s eyes examined and it is one exam that your child does not have to revise for J

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