Parents across the country have been encouraged to take their children for a special vision check next week during Bright Eyes Children’s Eye Health Week
The ‘Bright Eyes 6 point vision check’ has been specially developed by the Association of Optometrists to identify children’s vision problems which are not normally picked up at the school screenings.
Bright Eyes takes place from Monday to Saturday next week (November 12-17) and 230 independent optometrists across the country will be offering the 6 point check free of charge, or at a nominal cost, plus giving help and advice about children’s eyecare.
The test is quick and simple, but most importantly is very accurate at pinpointing specific visual problems which children may have. Campaign organisers the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) said the slogan for this years campaign is ‘Be who you want to be’ as identifying eye conditions early helps to minimise problems which effect people in adulthood and helps to inform career choices. AOI Optometric Advisor Lynda McGivney-Nolan said that seven is the ‘golden age’ before which to identify eye problems.
“If you identify a lazy eye, or other conditions, before the age of seven, proper management in a timely fashion can often reduce or even reverse the problem. Or If colour blindness is identified it means that certain professions such as being a pilot or electrician would not be suitable for a child and parents can account for this at school.”
During Bright Eyes week optometrists will be visiting schools to talk to parents, teachers and pupils about the importance of healthy eye sight and answer any questions about children’s eye care.
Optometrists are trained to examine children’s vision and are ideally located within the community to provide quick and effective access to children’s eye care.