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Literacy and the sight test

Question

Does my child have to be able to read before I take them to the optician?

Answer Written answer:
Registered Optometrist Paul Carroll BSc(Hons) MCOptom MBA answers this question.

No. There are tests that can be used with infants and preschool children who cannot read. If you have any concerns about your child's vision you should find a local optician who will test their vision even if they are very young. . However, if you have no concerns, it is perhaps better to wait until your child is a little older – say around three and a half years – before taking them for a full eye examination. Even if your child's vision seems good it is worth taking them for a full sight test at a qualified optician when they reach school age, just to make sure that there aren't any issues with their vision that are likely to affect their early school years.

Optician's Biography

Optometrist Paul Carroll joined Specsavers 20 years ago as the resident optometrist director at Specsavers in Southport and for the last 15 years, has worked as Director of Professional Services for the Specsavers group. Paul is closely involved with the development of eyecare services at Specsavers and across the wider optical sector through his appointment to a variety of professional, health and educational posts.
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