Talking Vision: the changes to children’s vision screening in Derbyshire

Richard Petrie owner and optometrist Davina visited Silvertrees Nursery in March to talk to parents about the changes to children’s vision screening which come into effect in April.

During the presentation, Davina spoke about the new system, which sees children’s vision being screened in their reception year of school rather than at around three-and-a-half years of age in a local community healthcare setting.

This reduces the window of opportunity to correct any vision problems a child might be experiencing, which needs to be done before their eyesight fully develops up to the age of eight.

In October 2015, local authorities took over responsibility from NHS England for public health service for children aged 0-5yrs, which has led to vision screening being offered to children later in their development.

Parents and carers of children who attend Silvertrees Nursery and Pre-school on Ashbourne Road in Derby attended the free event to learn about the alterations to the children’s health care system in Derby concerning vision.

Parent Joseph Showler said: “I can’t remember learning about eyes until I was at school and about seven years old. I think it’s a really good idea to spread awareness as early as possible, especially with children using computers and tablets so much earlier. The main thing I’ve learnt today is that children’s eye tests are free – which is great.”

Davina also talked about the tell-tale signs which can indicate vision problems. Everyone left with a specially designed checklist for parents, carers and nursery nurses to monitor children’s vision and spot any problems early on so they have the best possible chance of rectifying any issues.

There’s no set age for children to have an eye examination – it all depends on the individual. If you have concerns about your child’s vision, or would just like to have their eye health checked out, you can book an appointment with us on 01332 291010.

Click here to download our children’s vision check-list.

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