As you are preparing your children for school, sorting out uniforms, stationary and lunch boxes why not make sure that your child’s eyes are also ready? Many people are unaware the NHS offers free tests to all children under 16 and all full-time students under 19.
Edmonds & Slatter opticians are encouraging all local parents to have their children’s eyes checked over the next few weeks before they return to school.
Regular eye examinations are important for your child’s healthcare and personal development. If children have poor vision, they’ll find it difficult to learn at school as well as enjoy everyday childhood activities. If detected early, many problems can be easily corrected, usually with glasses and conditions such as a squint or “lazy eyes” need not become lifelong problems.
Poor eyesight is not always obvious to parents, or even teachers. Around 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, yet many children do not see well enough to reach their full potential. Children may not recognize they have a visual defect and it’s also easy for parents to think there’s nothing wrong with their child’s eyesight, not realizing that vision can change quickly as young eyes develop. That’s why annual eye examinations are so important for all children. There are a number of tell-tale signs that your child may be experiencing problems with their vision.
Typical warning signs are:
Bumping into objects
Headaches and tendency to rub eyes frequently
Poor performance with school work
Peering closely at books and TV
Red, sore or irritated eyes
If your child does need glasses, you’ll receive a contribution towards the cost and be able to choose from a wide range of spectacles specially designed for children’s faces.
To book an appointment please contact any of their three practices
Blaby 0116 2777733
Lutterworth 01455 556053
Glenfield 0116 2871025
Or visit their web site www.edmondsandslatter.co.uk
Pictured above: Larraine Fizgerald (Receptionist) and Amy Coleburne (Dispensing Optician) ready to assist children with the latest new styles of spectacles available.