Mullavilly PS primary 3 pupils welcomed Craigavon optometrist and store director Eamonn Murray to their school for a special talk marking National Eye Health Week.

Pupils learned about the human eye and how it works as well as the importance of eye health and eye care to ensure good eyesight through to adulthood. The children got an insight into an optician’s daily routine.

The world around us

School principal Mrs Lynne McClimonds said, ‘As well as marking Eye Health Week the talk formed part of our Northern Ireland Curriculum science topic The World Around Us. Pupils quizzed Eamonn and it was a wonderfully interactive way to learn about the subject matter of eyes. Hopefully some of our pupils will be inspired to become future optometrists.’

Visual learning

‘Approximately 80% of what is taught in schools is presented visually so good eyesight is essential to help young children learn and develop and make the most of their educational and sporting potential.’ explained Craigavon store director Eamonn Murray. ‘We advise everyone to get their eyes tested every two years and for young children it’s recommended that they have their first eye test by the age of three.

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