Back to School: Helping children to see their future

When I grow up… pilot, fire fighter, train driver, police officer?

Every child dreams of what they’ll do one day. Up to one in five children may have an eye condition they do not know about which could stop them achieving those dreams.

Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on children’s ability to learn and on their behaviour – yet often goes unrecognised by teachers, parents and by children themselves.

A free sight test may give every child the ability to see clearly, learn effectively and fulfil their career aspirations.

Children’s facts and figures

  • Up to 1 million children in the UK currently have an undetected vision problem. (Statistics provided by the Eyecare Trust and based on DCSF 2009 School Census 0-12 year olds);
  • Research shows that around 20% of school-aged children have an undiagnosed vision problem – that’s one in five children. (Professor David Thomson, City University, London);
  •  Over 90% of children visit a dentist regularly, whilst only 53% of children have ever had an eye examination. (Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Survey 2009);
  • 84% of parents agree that improved vision would have a positive impact on their child’s performance at school. (Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Survey 2009).

For more information see our article on Children’s Eyecare