Parents often assume that their children will tell them if they have a problem with their eyes or vision. However, experience teaches us that this is not the case. Often, children have nothing to compare their visual experience with what others might see and won’t bring any potential problems to the attention of parents or teachers.
This is particularly true when one eye sees much more poorly than the other (amblyopia or ‘lazy eye’). Most people (adults as well as children) don’t usually check visual performance of each eye in turn and so this defect can often be missed.
A child’s eyes continue to develop from birth throughout their childhood and the period when treatment for ‘lazy eyes’ is most effective is between 2-7 years old. Given that early learning at nursey and primary school is so important for later education, it is vital to ensure that your child has had an eye test before they start school.