Before your child starts school, they'll be offered an eye test, known as pre-school orthoptic vision screening, under the See4School programme.
It's a check for reduced vision in one or both eyes and can also reveal other eye conditions.
See4Schoolis run by health professionals known as orthoptists.
The test is non-invasive, doesn't involve eyedrops and most pre-school youngsters enoy it.
You can watch a test being carried out in our video or visit the children's vision screening pages.
Where tests are carried out
Depending on your health board's policy, your child will be tested at one of the following 3 locations:
- Your child’s nursery
- Community clinic
- Hospital eye clinic
Your child will benefit from:
- early detection of visual problems
- quicker treatment - glasses, eye patches or both
- starting school with the best possible vision.
Results on the day
There's no delay in getting results under the See4School programme.
If your child is tested at nursery the orthoptist will complete an eye test result slip and place it in an envelope with your child’s name.
Most children have healthy eyes but some may need a second test and a small number could be referred to an optician or opthamologist.