Barry school pupils had an insight into life as an optometrist and learned about the importance of eye health and regular sight tests during a recent school visit from a local optician.

Importance of eye tests

Jamie Pullen, director of Specsavers Barry, spoke with 19 pupils at Oak Field Primary School in Gibbons Down. The children were shown different pictures of an eye, highlighting its anatomy, how it functions and why regular sight tests are important for spotting changes that could be an early indication of potential health concerns.

He was joined by Sue Dyer, who was supported by the charity Guide Dogs Cymru, as well as her guide dog Sid, after losing her sight as a result of age-related macular degeneration.

Mr Pullen also presented the school with a Specsavers iSpy educational pack, which helps Key Stage 2 children develop a scientific understanding of the eye.

‘Keen interest in eye health’

He says: ‘Keeping a check on your eye health is important for a number of reasons. Not only do regular sight tests ensure your vision is as good as it can be, but changes to your eyes can also be an early sign of wider health conditions, such as strokes and – on occasion - life-threatening brain tumours.

‘The children at Oak Field asked a lot of questions and took a keen interest in eye health. Unsurprisingly, Sid was also very popular with those at the school. I hope our visit has encouraged the children to learn more about eye health and let their families know the benefits of taking care of their eyes.’

Louise Harris, from Oak Field Primary School, adds: ‘I would like to thank Jamie for taking the time to speak with the pupils about eye health in a fun and informative manner, and the iSpy packs will no doubt prove useful as they continue their scientific learning through the rest of the academic year.’

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