Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/03/2013. Tags: Parenting Kids Health
Opticians have launched a campaign calling for improved eyecare services for 12 to 16-year-olds.
According to Eyezone
, which represents almost 100 independent opticians across the country in Ireland, approximately 10% of children up to the age of 12 require glasses or contact lenses, while more than 20% do so by the age of 16. Eyezone are highlighting that there is no specific scheme in place for 12-16 year olds during these years of crucial change and are launching a campaign calling on the government to close this gap in eye care services. When children reach 16 they can become eligible for supports if their parent has a medical card. But according to Eyezone this gap in eye care exists during this crucial time, when eye care problems for children double.
To help address the issue in the immediate term, EyeZone members are offering a FREE FULL EYE EXAM to all children between 12 and 16 for the month of March – locate your local Eyezone member here