Hemel Hempstead opticians back school screening
Hemel Hempstead eyecare experts have gifted radical new online vision screening software to a county school.
The team from Specsavers in The Marlowes Centre donated the software to the pupils and staff of Brockswood Primary School, one of the first schools to sign up to a new nationwide initiative from the opticians.
Funded by Specsavers and developed for the Specsavers Screening for Schools campaign following a study which revealed millions of UK children have never had an eye test, the SchoolScreener EZ® will allow schools to identify children with vision problems through a three-minute screening test, so that they can be referred for a full eye examination. The screening can detect the most common eye problems that affect children, such as long and short sight, lazy eye and squints.
A word from Specsavers
Shane Abbas Bhimani, store director at Specsavers in Hemel Hempstead, said: ‘As eyecare experts, we don’t want vision problems to have an impact on any child’s learning.
‘Not only do we encourage parents to bring their children for eye tests from the age of four, we have now introduced this software to enable schools like Brockswood to help us reach more children who require our support.
‘This has the potential to help transform children’s lives and we hope more schools sign up to receive their screening kits.’
More about the initiative
Specsavers’ own research by OnePoll last November revealed almost half of parents questioned in London (47 per cent) said their children had never had a sight test at school.
The SchoolScreener EZ® is available free of charge to 27,000 primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.
Schools can sign up to receive the software from their local Specsavers at www.screeningforschools.com/.