Radical new online vision screening software is being provided free of charge to schools across the UK – and Dalreoch Primary School in Dumbarton is one of the first in Scotland to get involved.
Specsavers has funded this project as part of the Screening for Schools campaign and Sarah Mackintosh from Specsavers Dumbarton recently visited Dalreoch Primary to deliver the innovative vision screening software and kit.
The software allows teachers and assistants to conduct a three minute screening test which can detect some of the most common conditions that affect children’s sight. No specific diagnosis is made from these tests but a report is generated to help parents or guardians make a more informed decision about their child’s eyes.
Regular eye tests are extremely important
Robin Mitchell, store director at Specsavers Dumbarton, said: ‘Regular eye tests are extremely important and it’s vital that we get this message across at an early age. There are a number of conditions that can be corrected by an optician if they are spotted before a child is eight years old.
‘By using these new screening kits regularly, schools could help reduce the number of children being misdiagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or learning difficulties when they simply just need glasses.
‘We were delighted to deliver the kit to the youngsters at Dalreoch.’