Specsavers in Shinfield Road is raising awareness of the consequences of neglecting children’s eye health and the importance of regular eye examinations from the age of three.
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 visual defects at any age.
Sanjeev Vara, Specsavers Shinfield Road store director says: ‘Children may not realise they have a vision problem, so without routine tests there is a risk that any problems could go undiagnosed for months or years. It's important for eye problems to be identified as early as possible, because they can have a significant impact on a child's development and education.
Eye problems are often much easier to treat if detected while a child's vision is still developing (usually up to about seven or eight years of age). An early diagnosis will help to ensure that you and your child have access to any special support services you may need.’