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St. James' CE Primary School

Eye Tests for Reception & Year 1 Children

We recently passed on information from the Paediatric Eye Screening Team at King's College regarding the need to have an eyesight test for all current Year 1 children. This information has now been extended to current Reception children. Please see below the information for Reception children. We have also attached the previous Year 1 information, for anyone who may have missed it.

Dear Parent/Guardian,
RE: Child Vision Screening (ages 4 to 5 years)

Below is information on steps you need to take to ensure your child has good eye health. These are the recommendations of the CCEHC (Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning).

In many schools, children in reception year (aged 4-5 years) will have their vision checked through Child Vision Screening. However, COVID-19 has caused major interruptions in education and child health services. This has meant vision screening services have been delayed, postponed or cancelled for some of the children who started reception year in 2020. Children often cope very well with eye problems. These need to be identified and treated early to avoid lifelong visual loss. For this reason, it is important that children with apparently normal vision should be tested. The screening assessment ensures that your child has good vision in both eyes, and that their vision is developing normally. It is performed at this age so that a sight problem can be picked up before the visual system is fully developed and any treatment can be started. If your child falls in any of the groups below then you do not need to do anything.

You should ignore this letter if your child:
Has already had a vision test at school; or Is currently under the care of an
ophthalmologist/orthoptist/optometrist at your local hospital eye clinic;
or Is currently under the care of a local optometrist (optician) or had a recent sight test.

If none of the above applies, please arrange with your local optometry practice (optician) for your child to have a free NHS sight test.

Please telephone the practice to book an appointment. You may have to wait a few weeks before an appointment can be offered. You will not have to pay for the sight test.