Holidays are here at last!

So school holidays are here at last. For many of us it is a fantastic opportunity for us to spend some quality time with our children.  Then we realise that we have 6 weeks to fill! So why not book your child in for an NHS eye examination?

Good eyesight is crucial to ensuring a child develops at school and socially to the best of their ability. Research shows that around 20 per cent of school-aged children have an undiagnosed vision problem—that’s one in five children. In my 30 years of experience of examining the eyes of children I have found that many parents are surprised to find that their children need glasses. What we have to remember is that for some children slightly out of focus vision or blurred vision after prolonged reading to many seem normal.

NHS eye examinations are free, and actually most children quite enjoy having their eyes tested. We also can check other important aspects of their eyes such as colour vision and eye muscle coordination.  It’s a win-win!

Children eye examinations are FREE on the NHS, children enjoy them,and as parents, we can be reassured that our children’s eyes are healthy in time for the new school year starting in September.

Nick Croft

BSc(hons)  MCOptom Dip Tp(IP)