Poor eyesight can affect learning, warns optician

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CHILDREN could lag behind at school if sight problems are not identified, a Morpeth optician has warned.

Specsavers Morpeth Store Director and Optometrist Graeme Ochtman says that often vision problems are undetected for years as almost half of UK parents with children under the age of eight have never taken them for an eye test.

And if their sight is not in perfect condition, it can be mistaken for learning difficulties.

About 80 per cent of everything a child learns is through their vision so even a minor problem can lead to them suffering developmental set backs.

Mr Ochtman said: “Regular eye examinations are vital as undetected problems with vision affect one in five schoolchildren.

“This can damage their confidence and performance in reading and sports that require hand-eye co-ordination.

“We recommend that children have their first eye examination at around three-years-old, or as soon as they can match pictures or point at things, as the earlier many common childhood vision problems are discovered the better the chance of correcting them.”