Taking children for regular eye tests is absolutely crucial, as recent figures have revealed that around 80 per cent of learning in a child's first 12 years is through vision.
Making sure school-aged children can see properly is therefore of vital importance and Prevent Blindness America and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended an annual check-up for children between three and six.
Follow-ups throughout a child's school career is also important, particularly if they are complaining of headaches while concentrating at school, rubbing their eyes often, closing or covering an eye to see or squinting more than usual.
The originations found that five per cent of children of pre-school age have a visual impairment, with a significant proportion of these going on to develop amblyopia if their conditions are not spotted and treated early enough.
Recent research carried out at the University of Bristol found that children who frequently play outdoors have better eyesight than those who spend much of their time indoors.