Parents and guardians in Renfrewshire are being reminded to book their child in for an eye test early this summer ahead of the new school term in August.

While most young children have their eyesight assessed as part of routine developmental checks, having an eye test with a qualified optician before they start full-time education means that any problems that they may have, are identified early, setting them up for a happy and fulfilling school life.

Jane Gottschlich, store director of Specsavers in Sainsburys Braehead, told Renfrewshire News: “Good eyesight is fundamental when children are learning, so even a minor problem with a child’s sight has the potential to affect their development at school. But, if diagnosed early, conditions such as a lazy eye or squints can be rectified before they become permanent.

“I’d like to urge parents in the area to book an appointment with us early this summer, especially as it may be something that children have missed in the past year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“For most children, their first visit to the opticians is an adventure, while others can be unsure of the process. That’s why we have invested a great deal of time and care into tailoring the examination process to ensure every child is comfortable and enjoys their visit.

“We put kids at ease by simplifying things and always encourage them to ask questions and feel involved.”

Depending on the child’s age, Jane said the team could use pictures rather than letters during the examination. She added: “We also use small, specially-designed frames and cards to check for everything from astigmatism to colour blindness, as well as overall health and wellbeing.

“We’ll examine children at any age where parents might have observed something unusual and there are several tell-tale signs you can look out for that may indicate your child would benefit from an eye exam.”

Tell-tale signs that might indicate your child is experiencing a vision problem:

  • Sitting close to the TV, holding books close to the face, or moving forward at school to see the board
  • Losing their place when reading / using a finger to guide the eyes
  • Squinting / tilting their head
  • Rubbing their eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Closing one eye to read or watch TV
  • Complaining of headaches / tired eyes
  • Avoiding computers or reading could be signs of far sightedness
  • Avoiding distance vision – i.e. avoiding certain sports – or sitting close to the TV could be signs of short sightedness

To book an appointment at Specsavers in Sainsburys Braehead, call 0141 886 2866 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/braeheadsainsburys.