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When should a child have an eye test?

Children’s eye tests are vital health checks.  Optometrists are able to check the eye’s of children, toddlers and even babies.  Even if the parent has no real concerns regarding their child’s vision, they should have a routine eye test well before they start school.  Some eye conditions can be treated more effectively if they are discovered before the age of three years.

Eye examinations are available free under the NHS for children under the age of 16 years and free up until 18 years providing the student is still in full time education.

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