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Why do children need their eyes testing?

80% of a child’s learning comes through sight, making good vision essential to their development. It’s therefore really important to detect and remedy any issues with a child’s vision as early as possible to ensure smooth learning and comfortable clear vision.

Children's eye tests can also normally be arranged for free through the NHS. You can find more information on the NHS scheme here, otherwise one of our stores would be very happy to speak to you about child's vision and any concerns.

When should my child be tested?

Often children don’t realise they are having vision problems, either assuming what they see is entirely normal or finding their own coping methods. We recommend you first test your child’s eyesight around three years of age and then once a year afterwards while they are in school. This will help make sure there are no issues that may hinder their learning.

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What signs do I need to look for in my child?

There are many signs a child could be suffering from vision problems. These can include:

  • Holding books too far or close to read
  • Difficulty reading, including skipping or reversing words and letters
  • Poor concentration or avoiding reading/homework altogether
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness or sore eyes when reading
  • Squinting
  • Covering an eye when trying to read or watch tv
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What happens in an eye test?

During your child’s eye test, our skilled optometrists use the latest technology to test your child’s vision and eye health, including colour vision testing, 3D vision and depth judgement. We may also perform an assessment of your child’s eye muscle movement to indicate how well they are using their eyes, including eye coordination and focusing.

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Book an appointment

If your child is due their next eye test, why not get in touch with your local John Fell Opticians and book an appointment today.