GETTING by with a little help from his friends – that is how four-year-old Max Thompson copes with the debilitating eye condition nystagmus, more commonly known as wobbly eye.

The youngster, a pupil at Trawden Forest Primary School, sufferers from uncontrolled movement of the eyes, which affects between 1 in 1,000 and1 in 2,000 people each year.


But to make him feel at home, his friends have been doing everything they can to make life easier for him, including wearing high-vis bibs at playtime so he can identify them.

Max’s mum Sarah, 32, from Colne said: “We first noticed that there was a problem with his eyes when he was about 18 months old.

“I took him to the GP and he was sent for various tests including an MRI scan.

“He is now under Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and is seen every six months.

“Max struggles with light sensitivity and darkness, he is partially sighted so he finds it hard to carry out everyday activities such as getting dressed.

“Because of the condition he will never be able to drive.

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“He also has a teacher, who specifically deals with the visually impaired, who comes to the school once a term to see him “The school has put in white lines on the steps and on the railings to help him get around.

“He also has an iPad that links to the interactive whiteboard. At breaks he picks two friends to wear high-visibility jackets alongside the teacher so he can see where they are.”

The school also held an awareness day children at the school in Dean Street wore brightly-coloured clothes in place of their usual uniform for a £1 donation, which raised £118 for The Nystagmus Network.

Sarah, who also has children Alfie, nine, Louie, six and Oliver, 20 months, hopes to hold fundraising and awareness events. The Nystagmus Network is the school’s chosen charity.