Check out this infographic on nearsightedness in children
Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is a common type of visual error where close objects appear clearly, but distant objects appear blurry.
In the UK we are relatively lucky that eye examinations are easy to obtain and cheap. We also have some of the best standards of eye care in the world. Eye tests help prevent blindness and eye conditions and increasingly give us an accurate picture of our overall health. That being said, few of us have regular eye examinations despite the obvious health benefits.
According to a recent report by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) entitled The State of the Nation: Eye Health 2016, there are two million British people living with sight loss. Nearly half could have avoided sight loss if they had a regular eye test as their conditions could have been caught early and treated.
Sadly, many of us do not seek out help until it is too late, invariably when we notice a problem. Like most health conditions early detection is key to prevention and cure.
Children and Eye Care
One aspect of the report highlighted clearly was the benefits of children having regular eye examinations. It has long been established that good vision is essential to good learning, and that untreated eye conditions in children, often lead to a deterioration of performance at school and distress.
Unbelievably, the report showed that 25% of parents hadn’t taken their children for an visual examination before their eighth birthday.
As well as the impacts on our physical health, vision loss can and does lead to depression. Consider that 43% of people that attend low vision clinics meet the criteria of depression. Eye conditions impact our lives in ways we do not expect.
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To avoid this scenario for you and your family, and to ensure your child is not hampered at school by poor eyesight, book an examination for your child today.
Eye conditions are costing £28 billion a year according to the RNIB, and you don’t want your quality of life impaired by poor eye sight. Click here, and make an eye appointment.