Close Close
Mother and Baby

Eye tests - why they are important for your toddler

Vision Express has launched the ‘My first eye test’ video to drive home the importance of eye health in developing years, to encourage parents to get their little ones' eyes tested. 

The two-minute film features Jasmine Lewis, four and a quarter, with her mum Claire. The pair from Derbyshire visit their local Vision Express store and are seen by optometrist Stephen Ruck.

Jasmine undertakes a series of child-friendly tests, including the ‘pirate test’ which assesses how both eyes work together using a polar bear prop and a colour vision test. Vision Express hopes the video will show youngsters and their parents that a trip to the optician can be a fun experience, with all its staff expertly trained in handling children.

Did you know that eye tests are no longer mandatory in schools? But children under 16 are entitled to a free eye test and a contribution towards glasses on the NHS. One in five children have an undetected eye problem, so getting your children's eyes tested is important from a young age. 

Omar Hassan, head of professional services at Vision Express explains: “Less than a quarter of 0-15 year olds in England are having their free NHS sight tests. Many parents still believe their children’s eyes are being tested in school but that is no longer the case, so we’re urging them to book an appointment with their local optician.”

 
Related content:

Comments

No comments have been made yet.


It’s Christmas!
It’s Christmas!

From the best Advent Calendars, to festive pyjamas, and all the best Christmas gift guides... Plus our favourite Elf on the Shelf photos! 

A mum’s wisdom: Baby’s first Christmas!
A mum’s wisdom: Baby’s first Christmas!

In part two of her new blog, mum Natasha talks about baby’s first Christmas. Brought to you by Palmer's. 

Subscribe to Mother&Baby!
Subscribe to Mother&Baby!

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week.