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Children’s eye health at risk as parents believe sight tests take place at school

 

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Children’s eye health at risk as parents believe sight tests take place at school

Children are missing out on vital eye health care because parents believe their children’s vision is tested at school.

A report released by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) shows that more than half (52%) of parents with school age children thought their child would have a full sight test at primary school.

Yet, sight tests are not offered routinely at schools throughout the UK, which could mean that many children are suffering with undiagnosed eye conditions. The study also showed that nearly three quarters (74%) of practising optometrists have seen children in the past year who had vision problems that could have been treated more successfully if they had been diagnosed at an earlier age.