Vision Screening

All children in Reception in Harrow schools are offered eye tests by the Harrow school nursing service

This is to pick up:

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Astigmatism (blurry vision)
  • Squint
  • Short sightedness
  • Long sightedness

The sooner vision problems are found, the better the outcome for your child.  Conditions can be treated more effectively if they are picked up earlier. This could make a huge difference to your child’s quality of life. Identifying conditions early, will help your child to have a happy school life. Clear vision is important in your child’s development as 80% of school teaching is visual.

Poor eyesight can contribute to learning and behavioural problems. Young children may not be able to explain any difficulties with their vision. They may not even be aware they have a problem.

If your child does not attend a participating school, take them for a free sight test at an optician.

NHS eye tests for children

Opticians provide free eye tests for children under 16 (under 19 if in full-time education).  We encourage you to make sure that you take your child for an eye test on a regular basis.

Most people should have their eyes tested at least every 2 years. Your doctor, ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist may recommend you are tested more often. 

There is more information about eye testing for children on the NHS website.