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Information Following an Eye Test in School

Following a school eye test, if the results suggest that there may be a problem with your child’s eyes, an appointment will be sent to carry out further tests.

What to Expect at This Appointment

Eye Drops

If your child has drops put in their eyes, these are to dilate (enlarge) the pupils and to paralyse the focussing of the eyes. Once the drops work, the Optometrist can check the backs of the eyes – the retina – to make sure they are healthy and can also do a glasses test. The focussing is paralysed to make this test easier and more accurate.

The drops will take the rest of the day to wear off, and so your child’s vision will be blurred, especially for near vision during this time. Your child can go back to school, as long as the teacher knows that they have had drops put in.

If you notice that your child's pupils are still large the following day, do not worry, the drops sometimes take longer to wear off the pupils than the focussing – your child will be able to see and the pupils will return to normal gradually.

Forms

Whether your child has been ordered glasses or not, you will be given a green form called ‘GOS2. This is a record of the eye test. It records that the test has been done and the results of the test. It is for you to keep.

If your child has been ordered glasses, you will also be given a yellow form called ‘GOS3. This has the prescription on it and a voucher towards the cost of glasses.

Voucher

The voucher type is determined by the strength of the lenses needed.

The current voucher values (2017/2018) are as follows:

Voucher type A          £39.10
Voucher type B          £59.30

Take this form to an optician or optometrist of your choice, but remember that the glasses are likely to need repairing at some time, so the optician should be easy for you to get to.

There should be a good selection of frames that fall within the voucher value and are therefore sometimes advertised as ‘free’. If you choose more expensive frames, you are still entitled to the voucher allowance, and you will pay the difference. However, if you pay towards the frames, you may also be asked to pay for repairs.

Glasses

Children’s eyes develop until they are 7 or 8 years old. During this time, the vision is quite flexible and can be affected by treatments. Also, as well as the vision being improved by treatment, it can also get worse if the problem is not treated. Wearing the prescribed glasses at this age, and while the eyes are continuing their development can give the child good vision that stays with them throughout their adult life.

As the glasses will be affecting the development of the eyes, they need to be worn full-time. Putting the glasses on for certain tasks, like school-work and then taking them off again does not give the eyes sufficient stimulus to encourage the vision to improve.

The glasses may be left off at playtime at school, (but do not have to be,) and should be left off for rough games or other situations when they might get broken.

Ideally, your child should put their glasses on when they dressed in the morning and take them off when they undressed at night. However, this is unlikely to happen immediately they get the glasses.

If the glasses get damaged, broken or lost, you should go back to the optometrist or optician who made them up. They will be able to repair or replace them for you as long as it is within 12 months of the date on the prescription.

If there is any query about payment or a replacement voucher, then please ask them to use a form GOS 4.

Further Appointments

If your child has been ordered glasses at your appointment, you will be sent a further appointment for four month’s time. This is to see how they are getting on with the glasses and how much difference the glasses are making to them. Even if your child is not wearing the glasses, you should still come to the appointment so that the situation can be re-assessed and discussed.

The appointments to see the Orthoptist only do not include having drops put in and take 10-15 minutes.

If you cannot attend an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible and another appointment will be sent to you.

If you miss two appointments without letting us know, your child will automatically be discharged from the care of the Paediatric Eye Service.

Please always bring your child’s current glasses
to every appointment