Exam season: A for vision

Exam season: A for vision

Posted on 07th May 2014

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Don’t let poor eyesight lead to poor exam performance.

Research clearly shows that uncorrected visual problems severely impact academic performance, self-confidence, sporting ability and even behaviour, at school. So with exam season almost upon us, now is a good time to get your child’s eyes checked to ensure their vision doesn’t hold them back when it really counts.

As a minimum, a child’s eyes should be tested once every year or two, however children are constantly developing so it is also worth familiarising yourself with some indicators to look out for which may suggest they should pay us a visit:

  • Headaches and sore eyes, especially after a long revision session
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Using fingers to track text or losing their place when reading
  • Having issues with coordination for example when playing ball games
  • Squinting or closing one eye when reading
  • Showing sensitivity to light or the glare from a screen

Many young people will be reluctant to visit an optometrist for fear that they need glasses. Should this be the case, often they will only need to wear them at certain times, for example when looking at a whiteboard, and they might be able to pack them away at weekends.

There is a fantastic range of children’s glasses available and many adult styles can be fitted to smaller heads. With many celebrities now making glasses their stylish accessory, our younger clients now seem happier to follow suit! You may also be surprised to hear that even young children can be prescribed contact lenses so they may choose to alternate between glasses and lenses.

We are passionate about providing the best possible eye care especially to children and young people in this crucial stage of life, so please get in touch to make an appointment to give your child the best chance in the examination room. All young people in full-time education are entitled to free eye exams, and they also receive a voucher towards the cost of glasses or lenses.


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