Why is my child’s eye sight important?

Your child’s eye sight is closely linked to their development and progress and is particularly noticeable when they start school.

Children who suffer with eye sight problems usually adjust and do not always tell someone they're having trouble with their vision.

The early identification of any problems with their eye sight will help to improve your child's opportunity to learn and develop. 

Having regular eye sight tests at your local opticians is important and they are free for children under 16 years olds and young people aged 16 to 18 years old and are in full time education.

If you notice that your child:

  • Looks like their eyes are drifting in or out
  • Is holding objects close to their face
  • Is tilting their head on one side
  • Is particularly clumsy
  • Is complaining of headaches or blurred vision
  • Is rubbing their eyes
  • Eyes are watering a lot
  • Is blinking a lot
  • Is having behaviour problems
  • Is avoiding close up activities 
  • Is sitting too close to the TV to be able to see it

The above symptoms may highlight that your child may not be seeing well. If you're concerned about your child’s vision it is important to speak to your health visitor or GP, who may suggest that your child is referred for an orthoptic assessment. 

From the age of three years your child is entitled to a free eye test at your local optician. 

You know your child better than anyone else so always trust your instincts and ask for advice if you're worried. 

There are certain things you can do to help to protect your child’s eye sight, these include:

  • Allowing your child to play outside and be physically active
  • Providing your child with a healthy diet 
  • Make sure your child drink plenty of fluids
  • Protect your child’s eyes from the sun