Eyes on Our Future encourages parents and carers to take an active role in their children's eye health care by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of common eye conditions and problems with vision,and encouraging them to visit their local optometrist regularly and if they notice any issues.

We have developed an infographic and video for members to use with their patients' parents and carers.

The College has produced two useful resources for members to use in practice or to upload to your website. There is also information for members, journalists and public on our patient information website, lookafteryoureyes.org

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Download a short guide to your child’s eyes

This colourful, user-friendly infographic explains the development of the eye.  It is available in three formats, which can be downloaded and printed, or displayed on your company website:

 

 

Video

A child's eye examination; a visit to the optometrist

Join eight year old Robert and his family on a visit to the optometrist.

 

Members and journalists can email ann-marie.gannon@college-optometrists.org for a link to the video to embed on their site.

 

Why have we launched this campaign?

Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser at the College of Optometrists says: "Our campaign serves to highlight how important it is for parents to make sure they’re thinking about their child’s sight from an early age - we really want to encourage parents to be more aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for that may indicate a problem. 

"An eye examination is a simple process and doesn’t take long but it could have a significant impact on your child’s vision. The earlier any problems are picked up, the better they can be treated. Untreated vision problems may manifest themselves as problems with learning; it’s hard to read well if you can’t see properly! 

"Most children will be fine, but if you have specific concerns or there’s a family history of eye problems, such as needing strong glasses in childhood or having a squint or a lazy eye, then visit your local optometrist for a check-up."

Member checklist

  1. Download the infographic, print off and display in your practice.
     
  2. Email us for a link to the video so you can embed it on your own website.
     
  3. Link from your wesbite to Look After Your Eyes.

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