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1,350 schools so far benefit from free vision screening

05 May, 2016
Specsavers vision screening software being used by pupils at Ravenstone Preparatory School
Pupils at Ravenstone Preparatory School in London try out the ‘School Screener EZ’ which helps detect potential sight problems in children

Free vision screening equipment funded by Specsavers has benefited 1,350 schools across the UK since October 2015.

Developed by scientists at City University 

The innovative software has been developed by scientists at City University London. Designed to be operated by teachers, other school staff or volunteers,  the kit is available at no cost to all 27,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK as part of Specsavers Screening for Schools campaign.

Detects most common eye problems among children

The kit includes software which runs on any computer or tablet device, and test glasses worn by the child. Simply operated without any training required, it can be used to detect the most common eye problems among children including short-sightedness (myopia), lazy eye (amblyopia), squint (strabismus) and astigmatism. Following the test, the software automatically generates reports for parents or guardians to help them make informed decisions about their child’s eyes.

Issues can be corrected before age of eight

Dr Nigel Best, Specsavers clinical spokesperson said: ‘A child’s eyesight will continue to develop right up to the age of eight and a number of eyecare issues can be corrected by an optician if detected before this time. The vision screening technology allows schools to rapidly identify children with vision problems so that they can be referred for a full eye examination, before their vision problem has a significant impact on their learning,’

Children misdiagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or learning difficulties

Dr Nigel Best, continues: ‘We have seen some cases where children have been misdiagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or learning difficulties when in fact the child simply needs glasses. The fact is all children should have regular eye tests from the age of three or four years old.’

Contact info@schoolscreener.com to request a free vision screening software for your school or make an appointment at your local optician