They’re af­ter your blood

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

School chil­dren in Ruther­glen are be­ing of­fered rad­i­cal new vi­sion screen­ing soft­ware in an ef­fort to im­prove their vi­sion.

The Spec­savers store in the town is offering the soft­ware free of charge.

It has been de­signed to be op­er­ated by teach­ers and other school staff or vol­un­teers. Fol­low­ing the test, the soft­ware au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ates re­ports for par­ents or guardians to help them make in­formed de­ci­sions about their child’s eyes.

A re­cent sur­vey of 2,000 UK par­ents with chil­dren aged be­tween three and 16 showed that over a quar­ter of par­ents saw an im­prove­ment in their child aca­dem­i­cally af­ter be­ing fit­ted for glasses.

Spec­savers Ruther­glen store di­rec­tor Peter Beaton said: “There is still a lack of gen­eral aware­ness among par­ents and teach­ers about the im­por­tance of reg­u­lar eye tests.

“We have seen some cases where chil­dren have been mis­di­ag­nosed with dyslexia, ADHD or learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties when in fact the child sim­ply needs glasses.

“The fact is all chil­dren should have reg­u­lar eye tests from the age of three or four years old.”

Schools can reg­is­ter via www. screen­ing­

The oc­clu­sion glasses and soft­ware will be dis­trib­uted to reg­is­tered schools in Jan­uary. The Sc ot t i s h B lood Trans­fu­sion ser­vice will be in Croft­foot and Cam­bus­lang this month.

You can do­nate at Croft­foot Parish Church Hall on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 3 from 4pm un­til 7.30pm.

Then, on De­cem­ber 23 from 2pm un­til 3.45pm and 5.15pm un­til 7.30pm they will be at Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute.

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