It’s Back to School time, but parents have been warned that ‘eight may be too late’ for an eye test. So Specsavers opticians are reminding parents to keep an eye on their children’s eyesight, to reduce the likelihood of problems in the classroom.
According to Specsavers, Ireland’s family optician, mums and dads need to book an eye test if they have any concerns about their child’s eyesight, as uncorrected vision problems can sometimes be mistaken for learning difficulties.
Symptoms to look out for include a child losing its place while reading, headaches and eye rubbing, frequent reversals when reading or writing, avoiding close work, constantly getting up from a desk, fidgeting, poor concentration or handwriting and holding reading materials close their face. All of these are tell tale signs that it is time to visit the opticians.
When a child is born, the paediatrician will check their vision when they are still on the hospital ward. It is rare for there to be a problem with a newborn's sight.
Specsavers opticians recommend that children should then have their first eye examination at around three years old. Learning difficulties can sometimes be caused by uncorrected vision problems such as lazy eye, so the earlier they can be detected, the better.