New software to help schools provide regular free eye tests for all children

Children at a London school put the new software to the test
Children at a London school put the new software to the test

Groundbreaking new online vision screening software is being provided free of charge to all schools in Hemel Hempstead, after a study revealed that millions of UK children under the age of 12 have never had an eye test.

Store director at Specsavers in Hemel Hempstead, Daniel Harris, 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.”

The three-minute screening test, developed by optometrists and vision scientists at City University London, has been shown to detect the most common eye problems.

Through funding by Specsavers, the software, which is designed to be operated by teachers and other school staff or volunteers, is being made available at no cost to all 27,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK.