Good vision is vital during our school years. If a child cannot see the board properly, or the words are blurred when they try to read, they will find it difficult to perform to their full potential. It is estimated that 80% of the information that a child uses for learning is visual, but one in four children are struggling with undiagnosed vision problems.
In many areas of the country there is an established specialist service for screening vision of children aged 4 – 5 years, in line with the UK National Screening Committee recommendation. But in some locations there is little or no provision, and sometimes children are missed from the screening program. That’s why Specsavers has teamed up with Thomson Screening to deliver free vision-screening software to every primary and secondary school across the country. We want every child to have the opportunity to learn, unhindered by problems with their eyesight. SchoolScreener EZTM is an easy-to-use technology, developed by scientists at City, University of London. It is designed to be operated by teachers, teaching assistants and even volunteers, enabling them to carry out a three-minute preliminary test of each child’s eyes. The screening includes a test for colour vision and can be used on all children as they progress after early years through the stages of their primary and secondary schooling to age 18, allowing for ongoing vision checks throughout their school years.
Once each screening has been performed, the software quickly calculates the results and immediately identifies any potential problems with the child’s eyesight. It then automatically generates a report, which will be sent home to the child’s parents or carers to let them know what the next best step would be. It might be that the recommended course of action is for the child to undergo a through eye examination with an optometrist.
Thanks to support from Specsavers, the software is currently being offered to all schools free of charge.
Over 2,000 schools have already registered. To find our more and to register for SchoolScreener EZTM visit www.screeningforschools.com