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Eight is too late - Parents risking children's eyesight

19 June, 2015
Regular eye examinations for children

As eyesight is usually fully developed by the age of eight, Specsavers in Wood Green is raising awareness of the consequences of neglecting children’s eye health and the importance of regular eye examinations from the age of three.

Free sight tests

Eye tests for all children in Britain are free on the NHS. Parents can take their children for an eye examination even if they are too young to talk or read a letter chart, as Specsavers opticians have equipment and picture charts which can be used to detect issues at any age.

Raising awareness

Fred Agyarko, store director of Specsavers in Wood Green says: ‘Regular eye tests are vital for children’s eyecare, as poor vision is not always obvious to parents. Vision problems can be one of the reasons a child does not perform well at school, for example, because they cannot see the board. The earlier a problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment.

Detecting early

Fred adds: ‘Conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eye), can often go undetected and can lead to lifelong problems and, in serious cases, they can result in partial, irreversible sight loss. However, if detected early enough many problems can be easily corrected, usually with glasses.’

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