Call for children to have annual eye tests

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Fife Society for the Blind is calling for all parents to ensure their children have annual eye tests.

The charity, which is based in Kirkcaldy, says the earlier potential problems are detected, the greater the range of treatment options available.

Children’s eye exams are free and are recommended from the age of four, but if any parent is concerned about their child’s vision or eye health, they can have an eye examination at any age.

Karen Russell from Nairn Optician, Fife Society’s own optician practice, said the importance of eye health for children shouldn’t be underestimated. She said eye tests can pinpoint a number of non-sight related issues and can be an excellent indicator of general well-being.

Karen added: “If children have undiagnosed sight problems it can cause real issues in terms of education and development.

“Too often children are struggling at school but in reality they may simply require glasses to resolve their vision.”

Nairn Optician is Scotland’s first charity optician with all proceeds going to Fife Society for the Blind. To make an appointment for a free eye examination please call (01592) 646 728.