News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Visique offers all new entrants free sunglasses

Visique offers all new entrants free sunglasses

If your new entrant is starting school without a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes, Visique wants to give them a pair. For the ninth year in a row Visique practices across the country are offering every five year-old new entrants free sunglasses to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays.

From the 28th of January 2013 Visique optometrists will be visiting approximately 525 schools across New Zealand handing out health resources for teachers and vouchers for sunglasses. Parents can also bring their five year old son or daughter to their local Visique practice to receive a free pair of sunglasses.

Melissa Hay, Optometrist and Director at Visique, says sunglasses are just as important as a sun hat for children starting school this year.

“There is a long list of things that new entrants need when they start school and sunglasses are often bottom of the list, but they are so important.

“80 per cent of UV damage to the eyes is done before people turn 20, so it’s imperative that children learn to protect their eyes by wearing sunglasses and to get in the habit of protecting their eyes from UV damage.” says Melissa.

Throughout the campaign Visique optometrists will also be educating students, parents and teachers in their community about the importance of children’s vision care and what are the signs of vision problems in children.

“Research shows that 80 per cent of a child’s learning is done visually, so it’s really important that children start school with 20/20 vision.

“Sadly, one in every five New Zealand children, aged five to 12, suffers from treatable vision problems. So we really recommend that every child has a full eye examination before they start school to pick up any issues quickly.” adds Melissa. “A child that cannot see comfortably may struggle at school as their eyes are constantly tired and sore, affecting their concentration. We want to help decrease the number of children affected by poor eyesight so they are able to perform at their full potential.”

Last year Visique gave 2,800 children sunglasses and informed up to 175,000 students, 350,000 parents and more than 6,600 teachers about the importance of children’s vision care and the impact it can ultimately have on the learning process.

Some children under 15 years of age are eligible for a subsidised eye examination, frames and lenses through Enable New Zealand. All Visique practices in New Zealand are qualified to assess children for this subsidy which, depending on frame and lens choice, can cover the whole cost at Visique.

Signs that your child may have a vision problem are:

· Losing their place while reading or using fingers to maintain their place

· Avoiding close work particularly reading

· Holding reading materials closer than normal

· Tending to rub their eyes or have headaches

· One eye drifting or aiming in a different direction than the other

· Closing or covering one eye or squinting

· Omitting or confusing small words when reading

· Having a short attention span for their age

· Having poor hand-eye coordination for activities like playing with a ball

· Consistently performing below potential

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news