With pupils needing to see the board or the clock in exam halls, it is important that their vision and eye health is in good condition.
Eye health is particularly important during the exam season and yet research carried out by Sight Care, the UK support network for independent opticians, shows that over 60% of parents do not take their children to the optician to have their eyes checked. Shockingly, one in ten parents believes that their children have their eyes checked at school and nearly 10% said their children’s eyes were never examined.
Alex Gage, of the two practice family optometrists in Woodseats and Crosspool, says: “Healthy eyes are a vital part of successful exam preparation and it would be far better to discover if there is a problem now, when it can be so easily rectified with glasses or contact lenses, than to discover too late that there was an underlying difficulty with their eyesight.”
Marcella McParland, Director of Professional Affairs at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, key sponsors of Sight Care, added: “According to the British Contact Lens Association, nearly one in three children aged between 16-19 years old requires vision correction, so exams are the perfect time to schedule an eye exam and make sure that your student’s prescription is up to date.
“It is important to take time to discuss all vision correction options with your optician – many teens are pleasantly surprised to learn that they are candidates for contact lenses.”
Alex Gage continues: “Booking an eye test is so easy. As an Independent optician we are renowned for our unrivalled service and offer expertise from specialists who will ensure that your eyes and your children’s eyes are properly looked after.”
For more information about eye health or to book an appointment at the Crosspool practise, please contact Alex Gage at 48 Sandygate Road, Crosspool on 0114 266 7066 or at 857 Chesterfield Road, Woodseats on 0114 274 8582.