Pupils at a Hampshire school were given a lesson in the importance of eye health at a talk given to them by a local optical expert.

Presentation on eyecare

Shilpan Shah, ophthalmic director at Specsavers Petersfield, was invited to give a presentation on eyecare to children at Clanfield Junior School. During the talk, Shilpan spoke to pupils about the makeup of the eye and how it works, as well as giving advice on how to take care of your vision.

He also presented the school with a Specsavers iSpy educational pack and 75 hi-visibility jackets to help keep schoolchildren and staff visible during off-site activities.

Eye on education

Shilpan said: ‘We wanted to help children understand the importance of looking after their eyes from an early stage, but also present this in a fun and engaging way.

‘If health conditions relating to your eyes go undetected for too long, this can potentially lead to your vision being permanently damaged. We would recommend everyone has an eye test at least once every two years to ensure these eye conditions are picked up from an early stage.’

Carrie Meadows, junior road safety officer, said: ‘The visibility jackets will not only help pupils and teachers to be visible on school trips or outings but will be of great benefit to our Junior Road Safety Officers on their way to obtaining the silver accreditation award through Modeshift STARS.’

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