Early detection ensures secure social development

Tania Preedy, mother of Millie, from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, said: “I first took Millie for an eye check when she was 21 months old. I had noticed what looked like a turn in one eye, so I took Millie to an optometrist to have her eyes checked.”  

For a child’s eye test, it is not necessary for them to be able to read, as a vision test can be carried out using pictures.

Millie was later pre-scribed patching and glasses, which definitely made a difference to her social and educational development.

Early treatment can last a lifetime

“Like a lot of parents, I’m not sure if my children have been screened in school. Even when vision screening is provided in school, there are many conditions which will not be picked up. NHS sight tests are free for children, so I include them in my back to school routine.

"Many childhood eye conditions, such as lazy eye and squint, can be treated if they are picked up early."

“I took my son Oliver for his first sight test at 15 months because of his big sister having eye problems. Some children have problems seeing the board at school, but fortunately Millie’s sight problems were picked up early.”

Many childhood eye conditions, such as lazy eye and squint, can be treated if they are picked up early — as the eye and visual system are actively developing during the school years.

If vision problems are identified and treated, it can make a difference that lasts a lifetime. Tania added: “I would urge other parents not to forget about their children’s vision — it really could make a huge difference to their future.”