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.

According to research from the College of Optometrists, a quarter of children have never had a sight test. Children may not be aware or may not be able to explain their vision difficulties, therefore making it very difficult for parents to notice any problems with their child’s sight. 

A word from the store director 

Shehtaaj Moorad, store director at Specsavers in Faversham, 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.

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 children undergo regular eye examinations.’

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