On Monday 8th May the children attended an assembly led by Kathryn Redfern, the Practice Manager at Boots Opticians in Fakenham, about keeping their eyes healthy and reading for enjoyment.
Boots Opticians have been working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK, to inspire children to read and look after their eyes. The children were very keen to talk about their favourite stories, such as Matilda, or The Gruffalo, and had fun guessing which animals could see better or worse than people.
One simple way you can help your child to become a great reader is by looking after their eye health, especially in the early years. Eyesight is a big part of a child’s development as so much of what children learn is through their sight.
Tips to help keep young eyes healthy
- Regular eye checks: It’s really important for children to have regular eye checks to catch problems early. Anyone under the age of 16 is entitled to a free NHS-funded eye check and vouchers toward the cost of glasses if needed. Visit boots.com/opticians to find details of your local Boots Opticians practice.
- Protect young eyes from the sun: Children tend to spend more time outdoors than adults, and their eyes have larger pupils and clearer lenses, meaning they are more susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays. Keep children’s eyes protected outdoors by wearing good quality sunglasses that have a CE mark.
- Eating a rainbow of colourful fruit and vegetables: These help young eyes get the nutrients they need to grow healthily. Foods like tomatoes, kale, melon, grapes and blueberries as well as fish, chicken, eggs and whole grains are packed with eye-friendly nutrients.