In State Schools, vision screening is carried out mainly by School Nurses on children aged 5 years

Some children will then be referred to a local Optometrist for a full eye test, or into the local Hospital Eye Service. Most children do not need to wear glasses and have excellent eyesight. However, children’s vision continues developing until around the age of 7 years, so generally the earlier any eye problems are detected, the better the outcome.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision, or there is a family history of eye problems, e.g. a “lazy” eye or squint, or spectacle wear from a young age (under 7 years old), it is best not to wait until the School screening test.

An eye test with an Optometrist is free for all children under 16 years under the NHS. Many of the tests used can be tailored to the age of the child; they do not need to be able to talk or read for an assessment to be made.