I always like to think I am infallible when it concerns taking care of my children. I know their every gesture to know that something is not right. I know if they are feeling ill or if they are having hearing problems or sight problems. However, every so often I read something that makes me stop and think and take action.
Now my little ones have never had an eye test. I did know it was free but I didn’t feel the need to take them for one. They’ve never complained about not being able to see clearly.
I was pretty glad to know that Specsavers is set to launch a vision screening software across Primary and Secondary schools across the UK –
Here’s more about the campaign –
To begin here are a couple of questions for you…
Has your little one ever had an eye test? Do you know what the recommended age for children to have their eyes tested is? How much do you think kid’s eye tests cost – expensive perhaps?
If you’re not sure of the answers, you wouldn’t be alone. New research from Specsavers has shown that 4 million school children across the UK have never had their first eye test. Furthermore, almost a third of parents don’t know the correct age children should start being tested and many parents have simply never even thought about getting their kids an eye test.
BUT – when you consider that most minor eye conditions like stigmatisms, lazy eyes and myopia are actually correctable if spotted before a child turns eight, surely more kids should be being tested once they start school? And what if you knew your child might be misdiagnosed with dyslexia or ADHA when they actually just need some glasses – surely you’d be rushing to the opticians!?
In a bid to combat this problem, Specsavers has joined forces with City University London to launch pioneering new vision screening software across every single primary and secondary school in the UK – totally free of charge, meaning nine million school children will have access to their first vision screening.
Did you know….
1. National guidelines recommend ALL children should have their first eye test at the age of 4 years old (or even sooner if you suspect your child might have problems with their vision)
2. 90% of parents across the UK have no idea that minor sight problems can be corrected before a child turns eight years old
3. Little ones don’t need to know all their letters or be able to read in order to have a sight test – special tests using images and colours have been created so all children can still have their vision screened
4. Professor David Thomson from City University London says there is significant evidence to suggest that between 15 and 20 per cent of children in the UK have poor vision in one – or both – eyes
5. Eye tests for children under the age of 16 are available free on the NHS
6. Sitting close to the TV, holding objects close to the face, excessive rubbing and blinking of the eyes, squinting and one eye turning inside or outside are all key signs a child may have sight problems
7. Over a quarter of parents surveyed by Specsavers said they saw an academic improvement in the performance of their child after getting glasses
8. Over half of parents surveyed by Specsavers said they saw an improvement in the performance of their child’s social skills after being fitted with glasses
I’m hoping that all or at least almost all the schools will sign up to this service. I know that I’d surely like to have my children’s school sign up.