Yorkshire Students Encouraged To Get Eyes Checked Exam Season Approaches

Thursday, 27 May 2010

WITH the stressful exam period just around the corner, a local opticians is urging students in Gainsborough to undergo an eye examination to ensure their eyes are in good health for the testing times ahead.


Specsavers in Gainsborough is recommending that students book themselves in for an eye test ahead of the exam period, as any underlying health problems could become exacerbated by the extended time spent reading and looking at computer screens.


Good eyesight and overall health is vital for optimum concentration during this crucial period of study, and if an underlying visual problem goes undetected it can affect reading ability and exam performance.


Poor concentration, headaches and an inability to focus for long periods are all signs that glasses or contact lenses could be needed, and a quick eye examination is the first step to finding a solution.


Beyond monitoring sight loss, check-ups can also detect any serious underlying health issues. A Yorkshire student's life was saved in 2008 after a routine eye examination identified a potential brain haemorrhage.


Kimberley Taylor, from Bridlington, booked an eye examination at her local Specsavers after experiencing severe headaches. However, this wasn't a simple case of eye strain and Kimberley was sent straight to Scarborough Accident and Emergency Department after optician, Sylvia Gray detected raised discs on her retina caused by a build up of fluid which was putting intracranial pressure on her brain.

Gainsborough Specsavers store director Jacqui Nicol says: 'Regular eye tests are an essential part of an overall health check and should be undergone at least once every two years in order to prevent a variety of conditions, even those not directly associated with the eyes.'


Specsavers offers the following tips when undertaking periods of study and revision:


  • Take regular 'screen breaks' when using a computer - it's recommended that people using a computer for long periods of time take regular breaks and look away from the screen for a few minutes to give their eyes a break.


  • Good lighting is essential for your eyesight, especially whilst reading or writing. Students should make sure their desk or computer is positioned somewhere with natural light and use a desk lamp in the evenings.


  • Keep your working space cool. Heat dries out the air which in turn dries out the eyes, causing a lack of 'tears' which can cause soreness and itchiness and conditions such as dry eye.


  • And finally, visit your local opticians. An eye examination is the only way to get to the root of visual problems and also study related problems, such as a short attention span and difficulty in reading or using the computer for long periods. Opticians are on hand to discuss your eyesight and identify if there is a need for glasses or contact lenses, ensuring that you are suitably prepared to deal with the demanding exam period.


In these tough economic times students will also be happy to hear that they may also qualify for a free or reduced rate eye test.






 Specsavers notes to editors                                                                                 March  10                  

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
  • The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has nearly 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
  • Over 70% (4.5m) of all Specsavers eye tests in the UK are NHS-funded.
  • More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  • Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 34%. Our share of the opticians market is 39%.*
  • Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
  • Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
  • Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas, for use in developing countries. Specsavers stores across Britain raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.



*GfK NOP (Sept 2009)