Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Window to the World; Brought to You by*Good Eyesight Is Essential to Your Child's Learning and Development, So Ensure Their Eyes Are Protected with Regular Tests

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Window to the World; Brought to You by*Good Eyesight Is Essential to Your Child's Learning and Development, So Ensure Their Eyes Are Protected with Regular Tests

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Every part of your child is special, and their eyes are no exception. In the early days, their ability to learn about the world that surrounds them -- and how they fit into it -- relies heavily on their ability to see.

By the time they start school, 80 per cent of your child's learning will be visual, meaning good eyesight is essential for them to engage in the classroom. But if sight problems are left undetected they can be misdiagnosed as learning and behavioural difficulties, which is why it's recommended your child has their first eye test by the age of three. That way, any problems can be identified before they start school, meaning they won't struggle to see clearly as they adapt to new surroundings.

Spot the signs You can help protect your child's eyes by recognising the signs of a problem. This can include straining or rubbing their eyes, tilting their head to see better, or needing to get closer than normal to the TV or a book.

If your child becomes sensitive to light, closes one eye to see better, suffers frequent headaches, or avoids using screens or doing activities where good vision is needed, it could also mean they need an eye test.

SPECIAL TESTS FOR SPECIAL EYES While your child's developmental checks will involve looking at their eye health, this won't be as thorough as an eye test performed by a qualified optician.

Opticians are used to examining children's eyes and use speciallydesigned charts that allow them to identify shapes or objects instead of letters. …

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