With National Children’s Eye Health month (24 October – 23 November) well underway, colleagues and customers at Specsavers in Taunton are helping children to stay safe this winter by promoting the use of high visibility vests.

Bright idea for local schools
Staff at Specsavers Opticians and Audiologists, located at 20 East Street, have donated 30 vests to local children at Priorswood Primary School. Matt Wilton, retail supervisor at the store, took the vests along to his son’s school to be worn on group outings as the evenings turn darker.

Following the success of donations made in previous years, Matt saw an opportunity to help out: ‘Now that the clocks have turned back it’s much darker in the evenings and naturally I wanted my son and his friends to be safe when out and about.’ 

Raising vital funds for charity
Staff at Specsavers Taunton are also raising funds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and encouraging more parents to take advantage of the free eye examinations available to their children. 

‘Not only is good eye health vital for road safety, it plays an important role in a child’s overall development. Ideally all children should have an eye examination before the age of eight,’ explains Scott McGowan, store director at Specsavers Taunton.

State of the Nation's Eye Health report
The national fundraising campaign comes after research from Specsavers and RNIB revealed around 20 per cent of school children have an undiagnosed vision problem despite eye tests being free with an NHS voucher. The State of the Nation’s Eye Health report also showed that 27 per cent of parents with children aged three to 16 said their children had never had an eye examination. 

Scott continues: ‘By raising awareness for good eye health and offering the children these vests, we hope that they take extra care on trips and excursions. We still have lots of vests and so we’d like to hear from any schools/groups who would like to put them to good use.’

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