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Your Child’s Eyesight

Parents and carers across Nottinghamshire are being offered advice about their child’s eyesight.

Poor vision can seriously hamper a child’s ability to learn and develop and, most worryingly, if left untreated could lead to irreversible sight problems. Eye Health UK recommends children have an eye examination at least once every two years. Vision screening is particularly important in the early years, and special tests have been devised for optometrists to examine very young children. Parents shouldn’t rely on their children to complain about problems with their sight, as a child can often live with poor vision because they don’t know what good vision looks like.

Eye Health UK has produced the leaflet Your Child’s Eyesight which provides lots more information on the subject, covering early eyesight, ensuring good vision, what to do if your child needs glasses, details on contact lenses, what is available under the NHS, surprising treatments, and UV protection.

For more details visit Eye Health

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Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Parentline. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health practitioner within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

  • Parents and carers of children aged 0-19:



Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 01-03-2022

This page will be next reviewed on 01-03-2025