Children at Highley Primary School received a visit from two Specsavers opticians on Thursday 22 October for an eye-opening assembly on optometry and eye health.

Healthy eyes

Andrew Hall and Phil Clarke treated pupils to an interactive session, covering the importance of sight tests in maintaining healthy eyes and why people wear glasses. The opticians also welcomed questions from the inquisitive audience.

Good eyesight is crucial to development

Teresa Hughes, store director, said: ‘It’s wonderful for Andrew and Phil to be able to share their knowledge with children. Good eyesight is crucial to children’s development as around 80% of everything a child learns is through their vision, so teaching youngsters how to look after their eyes at a young age is really important.

‘A child’s first sight test can obviously be a little daunting, so school visits like this can really help children understand the process and feel at ease when they visit the opticians.’

For under-16s, annual eye examinations are free with the NHS and, as part of Specsavers’ Two Free Pairs promotion, children up to the age of 16 qualify for one free pair of specs from the NHS and a second pair from Specsavers free of charge.

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