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Children's Eye Test Canterbury

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1 in 5 school aged children have an undiagnosed vision problem and it’s easy for poor eyesight to go unnoticed in children, as they often don’t report it themselves. In fact, they probably don’t even realise anything is wrong.

That’s why it’s important to make sure you book them in for a routine eye test every year (or more often if advised by the opticians) and in the meantime, keep a look out for any of these signs, which might indicate your child needs an eye test:

They’re getting too close to their favourite TV programme

If your child chooses to sit right next to the TV, it may not just be a sign that they completely engrossed in their favourite show, it might simply be that they can’t see the screen clearly when sitting on the sofa.

They’re closing one eye when trying to focus

Have you ever noticed your child covers up or closes one eye when they’re trying to focus? This could be a sign that they have a lazy eye. The younger and sooner a lazy eye is detected, the more chance there is of correcting it. .

They’re struggling at school

If your child is falling behind at school, it could indicate that they’re having some difficulty with reading the board. Of course, there are many other possible explanations, but poor vision is one that can be easily ruled out with a sight test.

They’re always rubbing their eyes

When our eyesight is poor, we naturally blink more to try to clear our vision. This can make our eyes watery, so we wipe them more often. If you notice our child doing this, then book them in for a sight test.

If you think your child is exhibiting any of these signs, call us on 01227 760501 to book an appointment and remember an eye examination is FREE (NHS Funded) for any child under 18.