Specsavers in Oxford has handed over radical new online vision screening software to the staff and children of Rye St Antony school. The three-minute screening test can detect the most common eye problems that affect children, such as long and short sight, lazy eye and squints.
The software has been developed and funded for Specsavers’ Screening for Schools campaign, following a recent study which revealed millions of children have never had a sight test.[i]
Store director and optometrist, Abby Jobson, said: ‘A child’s eyesight will continue to develop up to the age of eight years-old and a number of conditions can be corrected by an optician if detected before this time.
‘However, there is still a lack of general awareness among some parents and teachers about the importance of regular sight tests from the age of three or four. We have seen some cases where children have been misdiagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or learning difficulties when in fact the child simply needs glasses.’
The vision screening software is now available to all primary and secondary schools in the UK. Schools not already signed up can register here.
[i] Survey based on the population of one to twelve year olds taken from the statistics in ONS ‘Analysis of annual mid-year population estimates for 2014 http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/pop-estimate/population-estimates-for-uk--england-and-wales--scotland-and-northern-ireland/mid-2014/sty---overview-of-the-uk-population.html