On the back of an Association of Optometrists survey which indicated a quarter of school-age children had not been taken for a sight test by their parents, Specsavers Didcot is holding dedicated kids clinics to encourage parents to book this essential health check.
The store is running after-school clinics every weekday throughout September, to help ensure tip-top vision for the new school term.
Important for development
‘Being able to see clearly is incredibly important in your child’s overall development which is why we recommend that parents get their children’s eyes tested from the age of three,’ commented Adela Garcia, store director Specsavers Didcot. ‘Everyone under the age of 16 years old is entitled to a free NHS eye test.’
Poor eyesight can cause learning and behavioural problems, which might be blamed on other things. This is especially true for young children, who may find it difficult to explain the difficulties they are having with their eyesight. They may not even be aware they have a problem at all.
‘With ‘back to school’ around the corner, we thought offering dedicated children’s clinics would help give parents the opportunity to book in an eye examination and ensure that any problems are identified and addressed before they start the new school term,’ added Adela.
To help keep the youngsters entertained while in store during September, they can take part in the design your own glasses colouring competition with the chance to win an activity box as first prize.
At Specsavers, all glasses in the kids’ £64 and £85 ranges are free with an under-16s’ NHS optical voucher, plus you get a second pair from the £64 or £85 ranges, free. Both pairs come with single-vision lenses with a scratch-resistant treatment and UV filter or you can choose to have tinted prescription lenses and UV filter free in your second pair.