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Vista’s Primary Eye Health Project will educate children aged four to five about sight loss and raise awareness of eye health with parents and teachers. Our unique drama workshop introduces Vern the Vulture and his friends. Vern has very poor eyesight and the children have to help him see more clearly and find his way home. The workshop teaches them what sight loss is, how it affects people, and how to look after their own eyes using relaxing exercises. The workshop will be followed by a basic vision screening for every child using our vision screening app. We’ve worked with app developers and an optometrist to make it user-friendly for children (even those who can’t yet read) as it uses simple pictures and shapes. Each child will receive a certificate to take home, along with an information pack for parents which includes fun follow-up activities. We’ll then work with parents and teachers in the long term to make sure that children with vision problems get the support they need.
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Why it's a great idea:
Research shows that around a quarter of school-age children have never had a sight test and 20% have an undiagnosed vision problem. In many areas of the UK, children receive a vision screening by a health professional during their first year in primary school, helping those with undiagnosed sight loss to receive support at an early stage. However, this isn’t provided in Leicestershire schools. This project will help to identify children with undiagnosed sight loss, so they can get the support they need as soon as possible. Schools will be more informed about what they can do to ensure that children with a visual impairment aren’t left behind in their education. Parents and teachers will be more aware of the signs of potential sight loss in children and the importance of going for regular eye checks. Children will also learn what it’s like for someone to live with sight loss, helping to increase awareness and understanding, and reduce social exclusion.
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