WIGAN pupils had their eyes opened by an educational visit to the optician.
Ashton RL Hughes Primary School youngsters learned the importance of looking after their vision during a trip to Gore and Hepworth as part of their scientific studies.
Assistant manager Helen Fox said: “The event was a great success and I believe we made progress in helping youngsters have more awareness about their eye health.
“In Wigan all children should be screened in nursery before attending school.
“However some are missed and vision difficulties can develop in the early years of education. It is important that parents take their children for regular eye checks as they do with dental checks.”
It is estimated that one million children returned to school this year with an undiagnosed vision problem.
Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on children’s ability to learn and on their behaviour, yet often goes unrecognised by teachers, parents and by the children themselves.
Helen added: “The sooner that vision problems are detected, the better the outcome. Many childhood eye conditions, such as lazy eye and squint, can be treated if they are picked up early as the eye and visual system are actively developing during school years.”