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Eye Tests and Legal Requirements - Advice
Professional Eyecare for all the Family


An eye test is not only an essential health check. It can help detect eye diseases, before a child has noticed any change in their sight. It can also help identify other health problems, like diabetes, before your child displays any other symptoms. Most importantly it can ensure that children and young people are able to see properly, so that they can fulfil their potential and get the most from school and their early formative years.

Every child under 16 and every young person aged 19 or under and in full time education is entitled to free NHS eye tests.

At eight months, babies in the UK have one brief eye check, as part of a general health check with their local GP. Yet nearly 50 per cent of children do not have their eyes checked again before they start school.

At Parish, Green & Beatty, we recommend that your child or children be taken for an eye examination by the age of three and every two years after this (unless we recommend otherwise).

To help identify if your child/children has a sight problem, look for one or more of the following:

  • close viewing - a child may hold a book at close range or at an unusual angle
  • a child seeking information in pictures, rather than text, because the page appears "cluttered"
  • difficulties copying work at school, particularly from a board
  • disruptive behaviour at school to distract attention from work they cannot see to complete
  • problems completing work or homework in specified times and/or writing and forming letters and reading their own work with ease
  • constantly asking for information they cannot see
  • problems producing clear, neat work
  • a lack of concentration and getting distracted because they cannot follow specified tasks
  • avoidance strategies - trying to find ways of not having to do things
  • difficulties catching a ball, cutting out shapes and generally using tools and equipment
  • needing help with personal tasks like getting dressed
  • feeling tired, complaining of sore/tired eyes, particularly at the end of the day
  • difficulties interacting with other children and developing good social skills because of vision problems
  • not responding to gestures or expressions

These problems may be more apparent at school. Ask your child's teacher if they are concerned about your child's eyesight and eye health. If so, book an eye examination and test as soon as possible.

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Before you start to learn to drive, make sure you are aware of the eyesight requirements. If you need to wear glasses or corrective lenses to meet the requirements you must wear them every time you drive. Failure to do so may invalidate your insurance policy and at worst may result in legal proceedings should you be involved in an accident. The law states that driver's must be able to read a clean number plate at 20.5 metres in good daylight.

Click here to visit VUTEST a site that explains and tests the legal requirements.

Parish, Green & Beatty cannot endorse VUTEST, but it may give motorists an idea as to their vision. At Parish, Green & Beatty we would strongly recommend all drivers undergo a thorough eyetest every two years to check their vision.

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