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Scheme helps children to see clearly

Children at Cathedral Primary School during the talk.

Children at Cathedral Primary School during the talk.

Lancaster-based Conlons Opticians has teamed up with local primary schools to help teach youngsters how to look after their eyes.

The store is pioneering a new scheme to help children realise how important it is to look after their eyesight.

The scheme involves the opticians and optical advisors visiting primary schools to talk about how eyes work, both in humans and animals, and how important it is to look after them. They get quizzed on things to do with their eyes, as well as entering a colouring competition.

Branch manager Debbie Illingworth said: “Young children are taught many things at school, from internet safety to how to brush their teeth, but many don’t know how important it is to look after their eyes and to have regular eye tests.

“If a child has trouble with their eyesight and it is not picked up quickly, it can have a real effect on their progress at school.”

Year 3 pupils at Cathedral Primary School in Lancaster entered their drawings and the winner, eight-year-old Casey Swales, above, won a pair of children’s designer sunglasses and her winning entry was framed and displayed in the branch.

 

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