According to the Specsavers opticians in Maidstone, often a child won’t want to admit to not being able to see properly in the classroom, which can, as a result, hinder their development at school.

Sanjay Patel, store director, said: ‘Good eyesight is one of the most important tools in a child’s learning so regular eye examinations are essential. We must remember that children have no way of knowing if what they can see is different from what others can see.

‘Undetected problems can damage a child’s confidence and performance in reading and sports that require hand-eye co-ordination. If left untreated, conditions such as lazy eyes and squints can become permanent. The summer holidays are the perfect time to get your children’s eyes tested before the new school term begins.’

Keep an eye on your child

Sanjay recommends that children should have their first eye examination at around three years old. The test is designed to be friendly and fun, and for children who are not reading yet, there are special charts, shapes and picture books, which the optician can use instead.

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