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    Vision problems affecting English children’s literacy


    National Eye Health Week, an awareness campaign supported by several companies providing optical services, pointed to the study as evidence for the importance of screening.

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    “As a child’s eyesight is usually fully developed by the age of eight, regular sight tests, every two years unless advised otherwise by your optometrist, are crucial,” said David Cartwright, chairman, National Eye Health Week, in a prepared statement.

    If detected early, amblyopia and squint can often be corrected and other visual problems such as childhood myopia can be managed effectively, yet, 50% of parents with children age eight and under have never taken their child for a sight test, he said.

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    Over the past years, levels of myopia have more than doubled in the United Kingdom and now affect about 1 in 5 U.K. teenagers, according to the press release.

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