With the end of the summer holidays in sight, Specsavers Peckham and Walworth Road is advising parents to make sure they get their children’s eyes tested before they return to school.
The majority of young children have their eyesight assessed as part of their routine developmental checks but, while important, they aren’t as thorough as a complete eye test by a qualified optician.
For schoolchildren, eyesight is pivotal in allowing them to learn and discover – with the majority of content in schools being presented visually – and not being able to see clearly can have a detrimental impact on a child’s education.
A word from the director
Suraj Shah, store director at Specsavers Peckham and Walworth Road says: ‘Often poor eyesight can cause learning and behavioural difficulties and, without having a proper understanding of what good eyesight is, children are likely to find it difficult to vocalise any issues they have with their eyesight.
‘There are a number of conditions that affect young children and in all cases, the earlier they are detected, the better the outcome. It’s, therefore, incredibly important that parents prioritise an eye test as an important health check for their children and we’d recommend them having a check-up every two years.’
Eye tests for children under 16 and in full-time education 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 visual defects at any age. At Specsavers the test is designed to be friendly and fun for kids of all ages.