NOW that children are back to school, Manchester opticians are raising awareness of the importance of good vision to children’s education.

Good eyesight is vital for children as their vision helps them explore and concentrate.

In fact, up to 80 per cent of everything learned at school is presented visually, so being able to see clearly is crucial for children’s overall development.

 Despite this, almost a third of parents of children aged three to 16 said their kids had never had an eye test, according to research from Specsavers and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)[1].

 Specsavers hopes to change this by making parents aware of the importance of good eyesight in the classroom and reminding them to make an appointment for their children before school begins.

 Eyesight problems can be difficult for children to explain to their parents or teachers, which can cause problems for them as poor vision can limit their ability to concentrate properly in class, leading to further problems down the line.

Dr Nigel Best, optometrist at Specsavers says: ‘Poor eyesight can cause learning and behavioural problems, which might be blamed on other things. Younger children, in particular, can have a hard time noticing that there’s a problem with their vision. 

‘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 that parents take them to get their eyes tested regularly.’

Problems such as squints or lazy eye (amblyopia) can be treated more effectively the earlier they are picked up. This can make a huge difference to your child and their education.

Children under the age of 16 are entitled to an eye test every two years, or sooner if recommended by an optician, through the NHS and a voucher towards the cost of glasses. Specsavers offers a range of complete glasses (including frames and lenses) for the value of the NHS voucher.

To make an appointment with your local Specsavers, visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores.

Almost a third of children in Manchester have NEVER had an eye test

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