Staff from Ripley Specsavers visited a local nursery and preschool this week to talk to a group of 20 youngsters and involve them in activities to teach them about the importance of good eyecare.

The children pretended to have an eye exam and were able to hold and use some of sight test equipment to inspire curiosity about eyecare. And as Specsavers is a Red Nose Day partner, the team also asked the children to design their own funny pair of glasses, with the best designs winning a pair of silly Red Nose Day specs.

Kuldip Dosanjh, store director, said: ‘We hope the children enjoyed our visit. It’s so important that children are encouraged to have regular sight tests, the first of which should take place just before they start their first year 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.

‘Around 80% of everything a child learns is through their vision, so even a minor problem with a child’s sight could mean they experience difficulties with their development at school.’

The NHS offers free annual checks for all under 16s and glasses are also free with an NHS voucher.

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