Children's Eye Care
All children should have their vision tested
Ideally, all children should have their vision tested at school on school entry (age 4 - 5). If this is not done, or if you notice that your child may be having problems with their eyes (for example if they are not progressing at school, or appear to have an eye that is turning in or out, for example when they are tired) Then an eye examination is advisable. This will be free of charge under the National Health Service (NHS) and children do not have to be able to read to have their eyes tested. Eye problems often run in families, so it is particularly important to have your child’s eyes examined if other people in the family have childhood eye problems such as a squint or lazy eye. If the child has a problem that is affecting their sight and this is not corrected by the age of about 7 or 8 years, they may be left with permanently reduced vision, although the earlier the problem is corrected the better.