SCHOOL EYE SCREENING
Following work with the School Nursing Team and Croydon Eye Unit a new screening pathway was developed in 2003. Children who fail their eye screening test at school now have the option to take their child to a local ‘approved’ optometrist. The ‘approved’ optometrists have a special interest in children and have also undergone training with the Chief Orthoptist at Croydon University Hospital Eye Unit. In addition they refresh their training regularly. A list of the practitioners involved can be found on the ‘Practices with Particular Interests’ page.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind recommends that parents makesure their children have a regular eye test.
Did you know….
…that it costs you nothing to check you child’s eyesight?
…an optician can provide a full eye examination for any school child up to the age of 19?
…20% of children undergoing a full eye examination need further investigation?
…that children’s health checks and school eye checks do not involve a full eye examination?
…that if your child has learning difficulties it is likely they have eye problems?
…that a full eye examination can pick up sight problems before they have an effect on development?
…that if glasses are needed you are entitled to a voucher towards the cost of them?