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Classroom tests in sight for Brownhills school

12 May, 2016
Brownhills West Primary School receives screening equipment

Children at a local primary school can now get their sight checked in the classroom, thanks to new vision screening software from Specsavers Brownhills.

Healthy eyesight is key for learning 

The software, which is designed to be operated by teachers, was donated to children and staff at Brownhills West Primary School by Specsavers. The three-minute screening test, which has been developed by optometrists and vision scientists at City London University, can detect the most common eye problems that affect children, such as long and short sight, lazy eye and squints.

‘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 Justine Page, store director. ‘The equipment enables teachers to carry out a simple screening test for their children and automatically generates a report for parents or guardians to tell them whether the child requires a full eye test.

‘We also donated high-visibility vests for the children to help them stay safe and seen when they’re near the roads, which I’m sure will come in useful on school trips.’

Indentifying issues early

Zoe Bushnell, head teacher at Brownhills West Primary School, said: ‘As a school we embrace the opportunity to work with local businesses like Specsavers to help us promote key issues around personal well-being and safety. The ability to complete simple eye tests in school means that we can flag up any identified issues to parents quickly and that pupils get the eyecare they need straight away.’

The software, which has been funded by Specsavers for their Screening for Schools campaign, is designed to be operated by teachers and other school staff or volunteers, and is being made available free to 27,000 primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.

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

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