Up to 1 million children in the UK currently have an undetected vision problem. Although 90% of children have regular dental check ups, only 7% of children aged under 5 are taken to the opticians, yet at least 10% and possibly as many as a third of children in England may be at risk of avoidable and lifelong vision problems going undetected which can effect their education and cause permanent damage to their sight.
It can be difficult to know if your child is struggling with their eye sight as it's not always something they would think to mention to you but there are some signs that you can look out for which may imply they're having a problem. Look out for your child sitting too close to the tv, rubbing their eyes a lot, holding objects very close to their face, blinking a lot or one eye turning either in or out, if you have any concerns about your child's eye sight then make them an appointment with an ophthalmic practitioner like optical express as soon as possible.
Opticians are really good at making eye tests more fun than scary for kids as any form of testing can be a little daunting. There's no need to worry if your child doesn't recognise letters yet as fun pictures that your child will easily recognise are used instead and different colours are used to check for colour blindness, my son actually really enjoyed his eye test and could happily have continued longer with it if he could.