01.10.2009

Tories make call for school eye tests in Wales

Tories make call for school eye tests in Wales

By Alexa Kaczka

Schools in Wales should conduct eyesight tests on pupils, the country"s Conservative Party has said.

Andrew RT Davies, shadow health minister for the National Assembly, made the call during a debate.

He questioned health minister Edwina Hart about why a proposed pilot for eye tests in Welsh schools had not been carried out.

In addition, he asked her when a new contract to update the 1948 one would be brought in for optometrists.

Mr Davies stated: "If basic screening is taking place in our schools then serious problems can be detected and treated at an early stage."

He pointed out that not being able to read a blackboard could have a detrimental effect on a child"s confidence and ability to learn.

Earlier this month, eye charity the RNIB stressed the importance of testing children"s eyesight.

RNIB Cymru and Optometry Wales urged the government to help raise awareness of the need for proper examinations, News Wales reported.

by Martin Burns


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