Science Direct: Time outdoors and the prevention of myopia

8 October 2019
Source: Science Direct.

Amanda N.Frencha, Regan S,.Ashby, Ian G.Morgan, Kathryn A.Rose Highlights •  Children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to become myopic. •  This protection appears to be due to time outdoors, rather than engagement in sport. •  Effect sizes suggest that more time outdoors could reduce myopia in children. •  Dopamine release may be stimulated by bright outdoor light,

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Vision UK launches updated resource for families of children with vision impairment

4 October 2019

Improved support for parents and families of newly diagnosed children with vision impairment was unveiled during the British & Irish Paediatric Opthamology & Strabisimus Association (BIPOSA) conference earlier today (4 October 2019). Starting Point, a leaflet that can be given to families at the point of diagnosis, has been redesigned to help signpost parents to appropriate resources and professionals, while

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RNIB Scotland, Down’s Syndrome Scotland, LEAD Scotland, National Deaf Children’s Society, Scottish Autism, ENABLE Scotland and The Alliance.

12 September 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

A coalition of disability charities is urging all 32 Scottish local authorities to maintain vital funding for children and young people with additional support needs (ASN). The children and young people concerned, an estimated 199,000 in total, include those with physical, sensory or learning disabilities in mainstream education, as well as those with health conditions. In a letter to council

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Government Review into Support for Children and Young People with SEND

6 September 2019
Source: Council for disabled children

The government has today announced a major new review into support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The review is designed to improve services for disabled children and young people and their families. The review aims to evaluate the impact of these reforms, and to identify improvements. Too often disabled children and those with

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AOP: Why an eye examination should make the back to school checklist

15 August 2019

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is urging parents to add an eye test to their back to school checklist. More common ‘to do’s’ such as a new uniform, pencil case, haircut, school shoes may seem enough but an eye test is one vital, but often overlooked, check that can make a lasting impact. More than one in 10 children, in

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Therapeutic Advances in Ophthalmology: ‘It’s too late’. Is it really? Considerations for amblyopia treatment in older children

20 June 2019
Source: Theraputic Advances in Ophthalmology

Marianne E.F. Piano   Anita J. Simmers In recent years, media coverage has demonstrated instances in which families of children aged 7 and older, newly diagnosed with strabismic and/or anisometropic amblyopia through community eyecare services, were told it was ‘too late’ for their child to effectively respond to conventional amblyopia treatment (occlusion or atropine penalisation). Formal guidance pertaining to binocular

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LGA: Improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

23 May 2019
Source: LGA

Findings from the LGA’s peer learning programme. The LGA’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Peer Learning Programme looked at how to prioritise early help and free up acute care for the most vulnerable in order to achieve change; supporting councils and their local partners to learn from each other, and from other councils across the country.

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Public Health England and the British and Irish Orthoptic Society launch e-learning module for child vision screening

24 April 2019
Source: Public Health England/BIOS

PHE and the British and Irish Orthoptic Society today launch e-learning module for child vision screening The Child Vision Screening e-learning module aims of this resource are to assist child vision screeners carry out their roles. It: • is used as part of the initial training if they are new to this role • enables child vision screeners to meet

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How children with learning disabilities can miss out on eye care

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28 March 2019
Source: SeeAbility

An evaluation on the eye care needs of children in special schools in England has now been published in the peer reviewed international science journal PLOS ONE. Three of the four authors, including the lead author, are from SeeAbility’s clinical team – Lisa Donaldson Optometrist and Clinical Lead, Marek Karas Senior Optometrist and Donna O’Brien Policy and Research manager, supported by Dr

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National Lottery Community Fund grant set to benefit over 500 blind children in England and Wales

19 March 2019
Source: RSBC

  National charity The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) has received more than  £650,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund) to extend its Family Support Service. There are over 35,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people aged 0-25 living in England and Wales (ONS 2016). This funding, from the largest community funder in

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