Now that the summer holidays are coming to a close, Specsavers opticians are advising that local parents have their children’s eyesight tested before they go back to the classroom.

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According to research from the College of Optometrists, more than a quarter of children have never had an eye test, and Specsavers hope to change this by encouraging kids to make an appointment before school begins.

Eyesight problems can be difficult for children to explain to their parents or teachers, which can cause problems for them as poor vision can limit their ability to concentrate properly in class, leading to further problems down the line.

Be ready for term time

Eye expert Craig McGill says: ‘There are a lot of different things that parents need to prepare before school begins in September, and Specsavers would like them to remember to book an eye test as well as shopping for new uniforms and backpacks.

‘Younger children, in particular, can have a hard time noticing that there’s a problem with their vision.  It’s better to be safe than sorry, and if one of our opticians notices that they may need glasses they can get them all sorted in time for the new school year.

Craig, adds: ‘Undetected problems with vision can damage a child’s confidence and performance. Subtle signs such as poor handwriting, low-attention span or falling behind peers at school can indicate visual difficulties, so it’s important that parents take them to get their eyes tested regularly.’

Eye tests for children under 16 and in full time education are free on the NHS.

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