Is Poor Eyesight Holding Your Child Back at School?

October 28, 2014

It is often thought that children must be able to read before they have their first eye test, but actually this is not the case. Recent advances in technology and testing techniques mean that it is possible to assess children as young as one year old. Shapes or other pictorial methods are often used instead of words, alongside simple ‘fixate and follow’ tests to ensure that eye movement is normal.

Children typically have no awareness of what their vision should be like. This means they may not perceive difficulties seeing the board at school or focusing on the television to be out of the ordinary. It is therefore important that you ensure your child has regular eye tests – generally once a year – to track any changes in their vision.

A child who struggling to read printed text or information on a screen can easily become frustrated at school, leading to boredom or disruptive behaviour. If allowed to progress, this can lead to a lack of interest in learning at all, which in turn could have significant consequences on their future.

Eye tests are free for children under the age of 18 and in full time education. And should your child require glasses, there are a variety of fun children’s designs available making wearing glasses fun for children, rather than something to worry about!

Your optician will talk your child through ways to look after their glasses and prevent them from becoming damaged. Children are often incredibly active which puts their eyewear at increased risk of falling off, breaking or getting scratched!

For more information on children’s eye health, or to book an appointment for your child to see an optician at Scher and Lasky Opticians, please call 020 8504 9243 or email