Children from Rainbows Club in Bodmin will be safe on trips and outings thanks to a Bodmin opticians.
Staff from the Specsavers in Bodmin invited the Rainbows club to visit and learn about what happens at an opticians. While there, high visibility vests were donated to the group, ensuring the children and are seen by road users when they are on group outings.
Melissa Nelson, from Specsavers, said: ‘It was fantastic to meet all the kids, especially as it’s vital to learn how important it is to be visible on the roads from a young age. We spent the session with the children, teaching them about a typical visit to an opticians and the importance of eye health. We showed them photographs of eyes and did some interactive sessions where the children got to touch and feel contact lenses and hearing aids.
'The children were really excited to be able to do this, and some of them already had good knowledge due to friends and family members wearing spectacles, contact lenses or hearing aids. At the end of the evening the children had some fun trying on some spectacle frames to see what suited them.'
Samantha Sadiq, leader at the Rainbows Club, said: 'Our children love going on trips in Bodmin and the surrounding countryside which means we are often crossing some very busy roads. The high visibility vests will ensure that the children will be even brighter than usual. They all learnt a great deal from the Specsavers team on the day.'
The optical retailer has campaigned throughout the past decade for legislation to be introduced to make eye examinations compulsory as part of the driving test and licence renewals. During that time Specsavers has visited town centres and county shows with a specially designed Drive Safe trailer.
Specsavers optical staff use the on-board equipment to check if motorists’ eyesight meets the legal requirement for driving.