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Children’s Visual Health Book Donated By Leading Eye Care Provider To Every Library In Scotland


A unique book designed to improve early detection of vision issues in children will be accessible to youngsters across the country when a copy is made available to every library in Scotland during Book Week Scotland (25 Nov – 1 Dec 2013) following a donation from leading eye care provider, Optical Express.

‘Eye See a Dragon in the Glen’ tells the simple story of a little Troll hunting in the Highlands. Importantly, the book was designed to include two key vision checks: a visual acuity test to check that both eyes see clearly; and a suppression test with 3D glasses to check both eyes are working well together. The tests were validated by Glasgow Caledonian University Vision Science Team.

The book is raising money for leading Scottish children’s charity CHILDREN 1ST, and Optical Express has also provided the charity with an additional 100 books free of charge to distribute to their network of children’s services.

David Moulsdale, CEO, Optical Express commented: “We feel it’s extremely important that as many children across the country have access to this book which we know can improve early detection of vision issues which traditionally has been a real challenge when treating younger children, and when we were approached to support this project we didn’t hesitate to get involved. We are totally committed to helping educate parents on the importance of children’s eye health. By distributing a copy of the book to every library in Scotland and to over 100 children’s services providers we hope that the book will benefit as many children as possible.”

Optical Express is dedicated to providing high quality eye care for people of every age. Children’s eyes can be tested as early as one year old, and it is recommended that every child is taken for an eye test before they start school. Recent figures released by the College of Optometrists revealed that although 70% of parents considered sight tests as ‘very important’ for their children’s health, a quarter of parents (25%) admitted their child has never had an eye test. All children under 16 qualify for free eye tests.

Barbara Kidd, Director of Fundraising at CHILDREN 1ST added: “To date ‘Eye See A Dragon in the Glen’ has raised over £7,000 for CHILDREN 1ST, supporting our mission to provide every child and young person in Scotland with a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood. The additional print run funded by Optical Express will ensure that the book can continue to raise funds for the charity.”

‘Eye See a Dragon in the Glen’ was entered by a team from Optos into the Scottish Business Challenge, ‘The Dragon’s Glen’ in 2012, where it took the Most Future Promise Award.

Optical Express, a leading provider of eye care in the UK, was approached by the Scottish Business Challenge and Optos earlier this year to fund a larger scale print run of the book that will help to raise more funds for CHILDREN 1st as well as further aiding its mission to improve detection of children’s vision issues.

Eye See a Dragon in the Glen is available to purchase from Amazon priced at £6.99

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