National Eye Health Week – 20 -26 September
National Eye Health Week reminds us of the importance of good vision. Free tests and an optical voucher towards the costs of glasses are available to children under 16 or 19 if in full time education.
Regular eye tests help to keep eyes healthy and the sooner squints, lazy eyes, long and short sightedness are identified and treated the better the outcome. Despite this 1.6 million UK school children live with an undiagnosed vision problem.
Help your child’s eyes
Foods – Eat colourful fruit and veg, fish chicken and eggs and grain.
Cover up – Protect eyes from the sun with sunglasses and a sunhat, even when its cloudy
Get outside – Playing outside can help to prevent the onset and progression of short-sightedness.
Stimulate vision – With high contrast toys, mirrors, peekaboo, hand-eye co-ordination games
Look for problems with colour/shape recognition, bumping into things, difficulty reading, headaches, sitting too close to screens, squints, excessive blinking or rubbing eyes frequently.
DW Roberts provides tests to children as young as 2 or 3 years of age. SchoolVision assessments are available for children who are struggling to keep up at school. Myopia management will help to slow the progression of short-sightedness and prevent eye health problems linked to myopia in adulthood.