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Brownhills youngsters welcome extra tests

02 August, 2016
Susanna Vass with pupils from Highfields Primary School
Susanna Vass with pupils from Highfields Primary School

Children at a local primary school enjoyed an eye opening lesson on Thursday (7 July) and received free vision screening equipment, thanks to a visit from Specsavers.

How eyes work

Susanna Vass, dispensing optician at Specsavers in Brownhills, visited Highfields Primary School to talk to the youngsters about how eyes work and the importance of keeping them healthy as they grow up. The school also received free vision screening software from the store, enabling pupils to get their sight checked in the classroom.

Designed to be operated by teachers, the three-minute screening test can detect the most common eye problems that affect children, such as long and short sight, lazy eye and squints.

Learning and vision

‘Around 80% of everything children learn is through their vision so any problems can have a huge impact on their learning. Helping them to understand how they can take care of their eyes is really important,’ said Justine Page, store director. ‘The children really enjoyed having Susanna visit and she gave each of them a goodie bag at the end of the lesson.

‘I’m sure the vision screening equipment we donated to Highfields will be really useful for teachers and pupils, enabling them to carry out a simple screening test which can pick up on various eye conditions. As children’s eyes continue to develop until the age of eight, many of these problems can be corrected by an optician.’

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 not already signed up can register at www.screeningforschools.com

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*Survey based on the population of one to twelve year olds taken from the statistics in ONS ‘Analysis of annual mid-year population estimates for 2014 http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/pop-estimate/population-estimates-for-uk--england-and-wales--scotland-and-northern-ireland/mid-2014/sty---overview-of-the-uk-population.html