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Vison and hearing

Your child’s eye sight will be checked in their first year of school, this is often called ‘vision screening’ and is carried out in school by one of our team whilst your child is in school. You will get a letter about this during their first year.

This helps to pick up any problems early and make sure that any treatment needed is in place.

Sometimes vision problems run in families such as a lazy eye (squint) or short sightedness and it is important to seek advice from a healthcare professional if you have concerns. You should not wait for the vision screening to take place in school if you are worried but should book an appointment with an optician or your GP.

Things like your child complaining of headaches, rubbing their eyes a lot, seeming clumsy or sitting very close to the TV might be a sign of problem with vision.

How you can help

  • Contact your GP if you have concerns about your child’s eyes, such as a squint (when eyes appear to look in different directions) 
  • Eye tests are free for children under 16 at an optician and it is recommended that eyes are tested every 2 years
  • Speak to a doctor, pharmacist or call NHS111 if your child has sore, red, itchy or runny eyes
  • Talk to your pharmacist, doctor or call NHS 111 if your child has pain in their ear or discharge from their ear

Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child’s development, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. **Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

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