12.12.2008

The call for more help for kids with eye problems

The call for more help for kids with eye problems

More needs to be done to help school children who have undetected vision problems, a conservative MP has suggested.

Eye health specialist Anne Milton spoke at the House of Commons at an event that was organised by the Eye Health Alliance, Optician Online reported.

The website said that Ms Milton believed that many children who struggled with their school work and found reading difficult had not had an eye test.

Optician Online quoted her saying: "Their parents are unaware of the fact that with simple measures their performance in school could be improved simply by wearing a pair of glasses."

It is surprising that there are still school children who could not see properly, considering that 65 per cent of men and 71 per cent of women wore glasses, she added.

Good eyesight is important for children as 80 per cent of their learning is done through their eyes, according to EyeHelp.

Children under the age of 16 can get free yearly eye tests and some eye problems may be corrected by the use of contact lenses.

by Martin Burns


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