In the early years, vision helps children find out about the world around them.
Later, as they go through school their eyesight lets them learn and discover - about 80% of what is taught in schools is presented visually. Being able to see clearly is incredibly important for a child’s development.
A first eye test can be a daunting prospect for many young children and often parents don’t realise Specsavers offer unique eye tests designed to be child friendly without being any less accurate.
Emma Davies, store director at Specsavers Wellington, said: ‘Children’s eye tests are quite different to an adult’s. We know the test room can sometimes feel a little intimidating, so we use special techniques to make it feel as welcoming as possible.
‘We pride ourselves on being experts in our field and have spent a long time perfecting ways of understanding what vision problems a child might be dealing with, when they can’t necessarily articulate it.’
Emma continued: ‘Children should have regular eye tests from the age of three to ensure they can develop academically.’
Eye tests can also detect eye conditions and general health issues before any signs are apparent. For many eye conditions there are no symptoms in the early stages and they could cause serious damage if left untreated.