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When Was the Last Time Your Child Had an Eye Test?

by Beth Griffiths on 16th May 2017

Children’s eye tests have fallen to a ten year low. The number of people taking a free NHS eye test has risen to 12.3million people from 9.7million in 2002.

Despite the rise in numbers, the greatest proportion of people taking the test are the over 60s. The number of children aged between 0 and 15 has dropped from 23.6 percent to only 19 percent.

The drop is a concern and it is hoped that the number of children having their eye test will rise to match those who have regular dental checks, which currently stands at 70 percent.

As children gain a lot of their education through their vision, it’s important to screen your child’s eyes for potential problems. Many schools in the UK no longer offer tests to their students and, as a result, many issues are being missed.

Fewer children are having regular check-ups but it is possible to obtain free eye tests for under 16s on the high street or at local opticians in your area.

Remember, if your child does need glasses, you can save money by buying prescription glasses online. Simply enter the prescription online and pick some suitable yet affordable frames that are much cheaper than anywhere else.


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