Members of staff from Specsavers in Kidderminster visited Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School to teach pupils about the importance of eye health.
Optical assistant, Sophie Jones, and contact lens optician, Rebekah Fielding from Specsavers on Coventry Street set up a series of work stations in the classroom designed to both educate and reassure the children about eye tests.
At the first table, children were blindfolded and challenged to put together a puzzle, helping to experience what it’s like to be blind. At the next, children were given a mock eye test. Other tables had lenses out and pupils were taught how to look after specs.
A word from the staff
‘Visiting schools is a great way to speak to children about eye health,’ said Jonathan Lee, Specsavers Kidderminster store director and optician. ‘It’s important for them to understand how to look after their eyes from a young age and to know what to expect when they visit the opticians.
‘It’s also important to provide parents and teachers with essential advice on the importance of regular eye examinations,’ continued Jonathan. ‘We have seen some cases where children have been misdiagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or learning difficulties when in fact the child simply needs glasses. We recommend children have regular eye tests from the age of three to ensure they can develop academically.’
‘The children seemed to really enjoy the kinaesthetic fun at each table,’ says Rebekah. ‘Considering that many pupils learn better through physical activities, we thought this was a great way to teach them about eye health. We hope to continue extending our expertise and advice to other schools within the community.’