Pupils at three local primary schools have received free vision screening software from Specsavers Rugeley, enabling them to get their sight checked in the classroom.
Kirsty Guest, optical assistant, visited pupils at Anson Primary School, Yoxall St Peters and The Richard Clarke First School to hand over the equipment, helping them to focus on eye health ahead of the summer holidays.
The vision screening software allows children to get a three-minute screening test which is able to detect the most common eye problems that affect children, including long and short sight, lazy eye and squints.
‘Healthy eyesight is essential for children, especially as the majority of their learning is through their vision,’ said store director, Minal Naik. ‘The software we’ve donated helps teachers or others adults carry out a quick screening test for their pupils and produces a short report for their parents, so if any eye conditions are picked up on, they can be referred for a full eye examination.
‘We recommend that all children have their first sight test by the time they’re four and then every two years thereafter. As children’s eyes continue to develop until the age of eight, many common eye conditions can be easily corrected by an optician, but regular checks are crucial to identifying them.’
The vision screening software has been developed and funded for Specsavers’ Screening for Schools programme, following a recent study which revealed millions of children have never had a sight test*. After the test, the software automatically generates a report for parents to help them make informed decisions about their child’s eyes.
Schools not already signed up can register at www.screeningforschools.com
*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