With the new school term just around the corner, there is one exam that children should be taking before they even step back into a classroom – an eye exam.
Specsavers wants to advise parents of the significant impact that poor eyesight can have on a child’s ability to learn and are urging them to schedule an eye exam before the start of the new school year.
Optimum eye health
Specsavers recommends that parents take their children to have their first eye examination at the age of three and continue with regular check-ups at least once every two years following this to ensure their children are always at their optimum eye health.
Children’s eyes do not fully develop until they are eight years old and, during this developmental period, many eye conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eye) can be easily corrected, provided they are detected early enough.
Undetected vision problems
Specsavers Ireland Chairperson, Sinead Clohessy, states: ‘It is important to take your child for regular eye tests, regardless of whether they wear glasses, to ensure they have healthy vision, enabling them to fulfil their academic potential.
'During the first 12 years of our lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through our vision, yet, one out of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress in the classroom. At Specsavers, we want to overcome this, and ensure every child has perfect vision.’
If you are concerned about your child’s vision, you should contact the team at your local Specsavers to arrange an eye exam.
Specsavers uses techniques suitable to your child’s stage of development such as specially designed charts that allow children to recognise shapes or pictures, or even to match letters, rather than the traditional charts so that the optician can test children’s eyes even if they are unable to read.
Range of glasses
Specsavers stores across Ireland have recently launched some fantastic ranges of glasses for children including a JCB, Minions and an Emoji range. All glasses are priced at €55 and are free with an under-12’s HSE optical voucher. Furthermore, children can choose a second pair from the same range, to the same prescription for only €24.