Children at Grace Mary Primary School in Dudley can now get their sight checked in the classroom, thanks to new vision screening software from Specsavers.
The three-minute screening test, which is designed to be operated by teachers can detect the most common eye problems that affect children, such as long and short sight, lazy eye and squints.
How vision affects learning
‘Around 80% of everything children learn is through their vision, so making sure they have healthy eyesight can have a big impact on their learning,’ said Gurdeep Dosanjh, Specsavers store director.
‘This equipment enables teachers to carry out a simple screening test for their pupils which can pick up on various eye conditions, many of which can be corrected by an optician as children’s eyesight continues to develop up to the age of eight.
We’re delighted to be able to offer this equipment free of charge, so we’d encourage all local schools to sign up as it can make a real difference for their pupils.’
The vision screening software has been developed and funded for Specsavers’ Screening for Schools programme, following a recent study which revealed millions of children have never had a sight test. Following the test, the software automatically generates a report for parents to help them make informed decisions about their child’s eyes.
Schools wanting to sign up for a free vision screener can register at www.screeningforschools.com