Eye checks find out why a person cannot see clearly and show
eye health personnel what to do to improve vision.
There may be children with spectacles in the group. If so, speak to them before this session and tell them what you are going to talk about in the class. If they feel confident, invite them to tell their classmates about their experiences and answer questions. Do not force any child to speak.
For many people, their eyes do not work well, which means they do not see clearly. Some find it hard to see things close to them, but can see things far away very clearly. Others find it hard to see things far away. These are called refractive errors. What are they called? REFRACTIVE ERRORS
For some, this happens in childhood and for others, this happens as they get older.
People can easily be helped to see clearly. They wear lenses. What are they called? LENSES
These are fitted to spectacles, or contact lenses that are worn on the eye. What are they called? SPECTACLES OR CONTACT LENSE
When it is discovered that someone cannot see clearly, they have their eyes checked. This can be at school or in a clinic.
After checks, the person is told what refractive error they have. Eyes can have different refractive errors. Each person is different; each person is told the ‘lenses’ they need for each eye. Then each person selects the spectacle frames that they like.
The lenses are put into the frames, and the person can wear them and see more clearly. When a person wears the spectacles for the first time, it’s important to have the spectacles fitted properly so that the frame sits comfortably on the face and do not fall off!
Eyes change over time, so it’s important for people with spectacles to go back to the optician once a year (or when they feel their spectacles are not working well). Sometimes one eye will change more than the other eye.
If a person’s eyes have the same refractive error once they find out what the error is, they can buy spectacles from a shop. When the lenses needed for each eye are different, they have to get custom- made spectacles.
In a circle, the children say in turn what they learned and enjoyed about this session.
Repeat the message together and ask those that know the message to share it with classmates, friends and family. Ask the Good Question of a family member or friend who has had their eyes checked:
What happened at the eye check?
We have an Extension Activity for this message: Children checking children’s vision.