The summer holidays are over and school is about to start once again, so opticians in Specsavers Folkestone are urging parents to have their children’s eye health checked.

A word from the director

Alistair Elgar-Williams, store director and optometrist at Specsavers Folkestone, says: ‘Children should have their eyes tested at least every two years from the age of three in order to maintain optimum health. The earlier that any vision problems are detected - the better the outcome.’

‘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.’

Make sure your child has no issues

For parents concerned about their child’s eyesight, there are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for, such as: is your child sitting too close to the TV; do they rub their eyes a lot; are they clumsy; do they squint? Specsavers suggests asking them the following simple questions:

  • Can you see what’s on the board clearly when you sit at the back of the classroom?
  • Do you get headaches?
  • Is your handwriting messier than most of your friends?
  • Do you often lose your place or get words the wrong way round while reading?
  • Do you find it difficult to see things close to your face, when you are drawing or making things?

If your child answers ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it could be time to get their eyes examined.

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