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Campaign launched to "Save Essex Eyes"
1:00pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
A GROUP of Essex eye experts have launched a new campaign calling on every youngster in the county to get their eyesight tested.
Niall Dorgan, an optometrist with the Colchester Hospitals Trust has joined forces with orthoptist colleague Sue Kevan and Colchester Specsavers directors Nick Hagan and Louise Staunton to create Saving Essex Eyes.
Research discovered only 41 per cent of children in Essex had their eyes tested last year, while nationwide 44 per cent require glasses or alternative prescriptions.
Mr Dorgan said: “Given that in 2012 there were about 185000 children registered in Essex schools, that means there could be up to 48000 children in schools across the county struggling with their vision.”
The first project launched by the charity is a poster competition, where every pupil is encouraged to create an eyecatching design urging youngsters to get the basic test.
Mr Dorgan added: “We wanted the competition to be fun but also to get kids to think about how important eyesight is and what it might be like not to be able to see properly.
“So we are asking kids to design a poster which will form the backbone of our campaign. We are asking them to create a design which would persuade their friends to ‘Get your eyes tested’.”
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