It’s half term – time to abandon the school run for a week, catch up on some rest, and no doubt find a variety of activities to fill your children’s time and avoid the dreaded “I’m bored!” cry. After a few weeks at school there’s probably also various shopping trips that need to take place, whether that’s for new school shoes, more pencils, another book bag or anything else they might need.
You might also use this time to book your children in for the necessary appointments that are hard to fit in in term time, like haircuts or dentist check-ups. So while you’re planning your schedule for the week, don’t overlook the importance of getting their eyes tested too.
You know that it’s important for your child to be able to see clearly, of course, but how do you know how good their vision really is? Remember that children don’t have a perception of ‘normal vision’ – they only know about their own experience, rather than what good vision ‘should’ be, so you can’t necessarily rely on them to tell you when they have a problem.
Additionally, did you know that over 80% of children’s learning is through sight? So you can only imagine how much of their educational experience they’re missing out on if their vision is letting them down. You don’t need us to tell you that boredom can set in incredibly quickly for children who aren’t engaged, and if they’re struggling to see the whiteboard or the computer screen in class, it’s only a matter of time before they give up and become disinterested in learning altogether.
The good news for you, of course, is that eye tests for children under 16, or under 19 if they’re still in full time education, are free on the NHS. This means that you don’t have to pay a penny for a member of our team to ensure that your child’s vision and eye health is in great condition, or that their prescription, if they have one, is still up-to-date.
If your child does need glasses to correct their vision, there are a great selection for them to choose from, the cost of which is covered by the NHS too. Here at Eye Emporium we have some of the most popular children’s brands in stock including Ray Ban, Ted Baker and Bench.
If your child likes to get involved with enthusiastic playground games, or enjoys a lot of sports, you might also be interested to know that if their original frames suffer the side effects of friendly rough-and-tumble, their replacement glasses will also be at no cost to you. This also applies to glasses that simply manage to get lost, so you don’t need to worry.
To book your child in for their next eye examination, or to have a chat with our friendly team about the eyewear options available, simply give us a call. You can reach us on 0800 020 9209.