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Clear vision is important, especially for your children as they grow and develop. Getting an early diagnosis for any eye problems is essential, as most common issues are much easier to treat if detected at an early age. Your child’s vision will be routinely checked as they develop, until they are around two years old. However, we recommend that your child’s vision is checked by an optometrist before they begin school, as not all schools conduct eye tests for their pupils. Vision problems left untreated can manifest as problems with learning and concentration at school.

Vision problems left untreated can manifest as problems with learning and concentration at school

9 Signs Your Child Needs An Eye Test

Check out our list of signs to looks out for, and if you have any concerns, make an appointment with your optometrist today.

1. They rub their eyes a lot (except when they are tired, which is normal)
2. They are clumsy or have poor hand/eye co-ordination
3. They hold books or objects close to their face, or sit close to the TV
4. They close one eye, frown, or screw their eyes up when reading or watching TV
5. They seem to be struggling at school
6. They have overly watery eyes
7. They complain about blurred or double vision, or have frequent headaches
8. They avoid reading, writing or drawing
9. One eye turns in or out – this may be apparent when they are tired

Did you know:
• Children don’t need to be able to read to have an eye test
• Children won’t always know if something is wrong with their vision, so don’t assume everything is normal
• For children under 16 years of age, eye tests are free under the NHS

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