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Very soon it will be “Back to School” time, Saagar Hirani, Optometrist at Edmonds and Slatter is working with Optos to launch a program aimed at educating parents about the importance of regular eye examinations for children. It is estimated that 80 percent of material children learn during their first 12 years is related to sight, yet unfortunately 86 percent of children start school without first having a comprehensive eye exam.

“The link between learning and eyesight is compelling. Regular eye exams that include a thorough assessment of the retina are crucial for children of all ages, particularly before the child starts school, as poor eyesight can affect a child’s educational performance and social development,” commented Mr Hirani. “Optomap® ultra-wide digital retinal imaging is fast, painless and comfortable for patients of all ages, making it ideal for children.”

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Optos’ commitment to educating parents on the importance of having their children’s eyes checked regularly stems from its origin – the Optomap® is the brainchild of Douglas Anderson, founder of Optos, whose son lost sight in one eye at the age of five due to an undetected retinal detachment. After this tragedy, Anderson set out to develop a system that not only could capture an unprecedented wide view of the retina (the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye) but that was also patient friendly, particularly for children.

For a small additional fee the childrens NHS sight test can be upgraded to include the comprehensive Optomap® test. For more information or to book your “Back to School” Eye Exam that includes Optomap®, please contact Edmonds and Slatter Opticians on (0116) 277 7733.