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AOP urges parents to add sight test to back to school checklist

Parents are advised to take their children for an NHS-funded sight test at their local opticians every two years

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The AOP is urging parents to add a sight test to their back to school checklist alongside common ‘to do’s’ such as a new uniform, shoes and a pencil case.

In a recent survey by the AOP, 74% of optometrists had seen children in the past year who had vision problems that could have been treated more successfully if they had been diagnosed at an earlier age.

Optometrist and clinical adviser at the AOP, Kevin Wallace, said: “Many parents don’t realise that their child can really benefit from having regular sight tests, from an early age. We recommend that children are taken for an eye test at around the age of three, or sooner if you have any concerns.”

“There are many tests that your optometrist can do which are designed to engage children and get an accurate assessment of their eye health. If your child does need glasses, wearing them as prescribed can help their sight to develop normally and achieve its full potential,” he added.

The AOP recommends that parents take their children for an NHS-funded sight test at their local opticians every two years, or more often if their optometrist recommends it.

Parents are advised by the AOP to look out for signs of eye conditions such as difficulty concentrating, headaches or sitting too close to the television.