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Eye Tests for Year 1 children

NHS King's Eyelook have contacted us regarding an important message for all Year 1 children. This letter was emailed with our newsletter this week. For anyone who missed the information, it is attached in full below and a summary outlined here.

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 2019.

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.

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