The team at Specsavers in Ilkeston has been encouraging local parents to add an eye test to their back to school checklists by holding a school-themed fun day over the bank holiday weekend. 

On 26 and 27 August, staff invited families in the surrounding area to come and take part in the event, which included a book sale, a cake sale and a raffle with a variety of back to school prizes including pens, pencils and notebooks. Children under the age of 16 were able to receive free eye examinations on the day, with adults also benefitting from discounted £10 tests.

Importance of regular eye examinations

Commenting on the fun day, store director Krishna Parmar said: ‘We wanted to remind local parents of the importance of regular eye examinations, and at this time of year it’s essential for children. If undetected, sight problems can cause issues with a child’s learning, development and behaviour.’

Around 80% of everything a child learns is through their vision, so even a minor problem with a child’s sight can mean they suffer huge setbacks in their development at school. Children’s eyes continue developing until the age of eight and many common eye conditions are easily resolved if detected before that age.

Krishna added: ‘We were delighted to welcome lots of local children into the store over the weekend and want to say a big thank you to all our customers who came along.’

At Specsavers in Ilkeston, children under the age of 16 can receive a free NHS eye test. All glasses in the Specsavers kid’s £64 and £85 ranges are free with an under-16s NHS optical voucher, with a second pair from the range also free. All glasses come with UV filters, scratch resistant coatings and single vision lenses. 

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