Free new eye screening test for children in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 14:16 26 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:16 26 January 2016

Doctor examining girl's sight

Doctor examining girl's sight

(c) Digital Vision.

A recent study revealed millions of children under 12 have never had an eye test

School children in Bromley are set to benefit from a radical new vision screening test.

The three-minute screening test, developed by optometrists and vision scientists at City University London, has been shown to detect the most common eye problems among children, after a study revealed millions of under-12s have never had an eye test.

Through funding by Specsavers, the software, which has been designed to be operated by teachers and other school staff or volunteers, is being made available at no cost to all 27,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK.

Following the test, the software automatically generates reports for parents or guardians to help them make informed decisions about their child’s eyes.

Imran Khan, store director at Specsavers in Bromley, said: “There is still a lack of general awareness among parents and teachers about the importance of regular eye tests.

“We have seen some cases where children have been misdiagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or learning difficulties when in fact the child simply needs glasses.

“The fact is all children should have regular eye tests from the age of three or four years old.”

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