Vision and hearing screening

At around four or five years old, children in reception year will be offered a hearing and vision test. This may be carried out at their school or an audiology department.

We will write to you and, if you consent to the screening, your child will be screened during their first year of school. The screening will be carried out by trained healthcare staff in a private area in small groups of two or three children.

Our team will also test your child’s vision. The screening will seem more like a game to the children and nothing will touch their eyes.

The results will be given to your child on the same day to bring home. If needed, we will also refer your child to a specialist for help.

If your child wears glasses, they will not have their vision tested. If they are receiving treatment for a hearing problem or wear hearing aids, they will not have their hearing tested.

These tests are also available for children in special schools and for children who are home schooled or not in full time education. In these cases, please contact the service.

Find out more on the NHS Choices website:

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