Eye tests "a great idea" before returning to school

Eye tests "a great idea" before returning to school

Parents should strongly consider having the eyesight of their children tested before they go back to school, one expert has advised.

That is the opinion of Dr Rishi Singh of the Cleveland Clinic, who told ABC Local that many children are unlikely to inform their parents if they have something wrong with their vision.

Scheduling an appointment with the optician or optometrist may therefore be an effective way of determining whether they need glasses or contact lenses, he elaborated.

"So, I think it"s worthwhile for a child in that teenage, or young teenage years to get checked every year just to make sure that their prescription is adequate," he told the website.

It comes after a recent poll commissioned by contact lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb and Mom Central Consulting found that only 21 per cent of mothers are prepared to talk to a child who wants to replace glasses with contact lenses.

by Martin Burns

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