Free vision screening is available to all children under the age of 16.
It is recommended your child has a vision assessment as early as possible as problems with vision can occur at any age.
The following signs may indicate a child has a problem with their sight:
Holding object (such as books) very close to the face
Consistently sitting close to the TV
Frequent rubbing of eyes
Squinting or tilting of head
Remember all NHS vision checks are free for children under the age of 16. Your child does not have to be able to read as vision checks are undertaken using age appropriate tests and equipment. It is vital to have a vision screening test even if your child doesn’t display the above signs as there may be an underlying condition.
The School Nursing service will provide a screening assessment for those who haven’t visited an optician by the time they reach reception. During the assessment we will test the child’s vision, looking for any obvious eye problems such as squints. A letter will be provided informing you of the test results and if a referral to the optician is required this will be stated within the letter.