Did you know that up to 80% of your child’s learning is absorbed through their eyes?
As kids head back to school for the autumn term, vision problems can have a massive impact on their educational experience – affecting both their academic grades and their social skills. Yet research shows that one in five school-aged children has an undiagnosed problem with their eyesight and a whopping 47% of British kids have never visited an optician for a children’s eye test.
National guidelines recommend that children under the age of 16 should have their eyes checked by a qualified optician once a year, and what better time to get your family’s eyes tested than at the beginning of the school year? So whilst you’re in the mindset of stocking up on pens and paper, why not prepare the most useful classroom tool of all with a comprehensive eye test for kids.
So why are back-to-school eye tests so important for your kids?
When your child grows, their eyes develop at a rapid rate, making them particularly susceptible to accruing problems with their vision. As their eyes change size and shape, their prescription can quickly change, and it is common to see children developing refractive errors such as shortsightedness, astigmatism and myopia (longsightedness), alongside other conditions such as lazy eye or squints. If identified at an early stage through a children’s eye test, these vision problems are usually easily corrected with glasses, contact lenses or special eyewear. But if left untreated, they can deteriorate into much more serious conditions.
The impact of poor vision on your child’s education goes way beyond blurry whiteboards. During lessons, problems with eyesight can cause symptoms similar to ADHD or dyslexia, with many children suffering from –
- Short attention spans
- Difficulty reading
- Constant fidgeting
- Frequent headaches
Although easily spotted via an eye test for kids, if left untreated these symptoms can in turn seriously affect your child’s attainment levels and future prospects as they revise for important examinations.
Yet beyond the classroom, eyesight issues can also cause detrimental social issues, such as –
- Lack of confidence
- Poor self-esteem
- Unwillingness to socialize with school peers.
- And if your child suffers from an outwardly visible condition such as a squint or lazy eye, it could also make them a target for playground bullies.
It is unlikely that your child will understand that their poor eyesight is the root cause of poor academic performance or social problems, which is why it is so important to book them in for their annual children’s eye test, so they can start term with absolute clarity.
At Hodd Barnes and Dickins, our friendly and reassuring team are highly trained to look after your children’s eyes. A typical eye test for kids will last around half an hour, and will check your child’s eyesight prescription, alongside tests for colour blindness, depth perception and eye coordination. And if your littl’un does require vision correction, our dispensing team will help them select their favourite pair of glasses from our huge range of high quality children’s frames.
So if your kids are due their children’s eye test you can book online here.