A Sevenoaks opticians is raising awareness of the importance of regular eye examinations for children ahead of the new school year.
Staff from Specsavers, located at 93 High Street, will be swapping their work attire for school uniforms and are hosting a Back to School event on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August. As well as offering free advice to parents the store will also be raising money for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
The hospice provides a wide range of services to children with terminal illnesses or conditions.
Regular eye tests
Maxine Chakowa, Specsavers Sevenoaks store director says: ‘Regular eye tests are vital for children’s eyecare as poor vision is not always obvious to parents. Vision problems can be one of the reasons a child does not perform well at school, for example, because they cannot see the board. The earlier a problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment.
‘As well as providing parents with advice we are also looking to raise significant funds for Demelza to support the fantastic work they do. They are an organisation close to our hearts so we are looking to raise as much money as we can.’
Eye tests for all children in Britain are free on the NHS. Parents can take their children for an eye examination even if they are too young to talk or read a letter chart, as Specsavers opticians have equipment and picture charts which can be used to detect visual defects at any age.