A MORAY PRIMARY school has become one of the first in the UK to be provided with radical new online vision screening software.
The software allows teachers and assistants to conduct a three-minute screening test which can detect some of the most common conditions that affect children’s sight.
No specific diagnosis is made from these tests but a report is generated to help parents or guardians make a more informed decision about their child’s eyes.
The national project has been funded by Specsavers as part of their Screening for Schools campaign – and was kicked off in Moray when Peter Taylor, the director of Specsavers in Elgin, visited Milnes Primary School in Fochabers to deliver the innovative kits.
Peter said: “Regular eye tests are extremely important and a good habit to have from an early age.
“There are a number of conditions that can be corrected by an optician if they are spotted before a child is eight years old. If schools regularly use these new screening kits, it could result in less children being misdiagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or learning difficulties when they simply just need glasses.
“We hope the pupils at Milne’s Primary will enjoy using the kit.”
Schools can find out more about the Screening for Schools campaign and register their school to receive a kit by visiting www.thomsonscreening.com.