Use summer holidays to get your children’s eyes tested

Scrivens branch manager Emma Humphreys said the holidays are a good time to get childrens eyes checked.

Scrivens branch manager Emma Humphreys said the holidays are a good time to get childrens eyes checked.

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A Pocklington optician is advising parents in the area to get their children’s eyes tested free of charge as a summer holiday activity with a difference before they return to school.

Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care, which has a branch on George Street, believes it’s time well spent as changes in children’s eyesight, unlike growing out of shoes and clothes, are not obvious.

The optician has launched a ‘You Can’t See the Signs’ campaign to encourage parents to add eye tests to their children’s holiday ‘to do’ list while they are off school and have more time on their hands.

Branch manager Emma Humphreys said: “Being able to see properly is vital to a child’s learning and undiagnosed sight problems can be detrimental to a child’s achievement, behaviour and enjoyment of school.

“Even though most children get a basic check of their eyes in reception years at school, this doesn’t always check everything that’s covered in a full eye examination at an opticians.

“The summer break is an opportunity to find time to book an eye test and as the NHS covers the cost, parents don’t need to pay. We should see children regularly, and we urge parents to follow their optician’s advice and make appointments as recommended.”

To help children and parents understand the process, Scrivens has created a child-friendly comic strip to demystify the procedure. To download a copy of the comic strip visit http://bit.ly/2atoNLa