Parents in Bishop Auckland are being advised to use the summer break to get their children’s eyes tested free of charge before they return to school.

Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care on Cockton Hill believes putting eye tests on their ‘to do’ list is time well spent as changes in children’s eyesight, unlike growing out of shoes and clothes, are not obvious. It hopes its ‘You Can’t See the Signs’ campaign will raise awareness with sight testing becoming a regular part of families’ back to school routines.

Branch manager Jo Bestford said: “Being able to see properly is vital to a child’s learning and undiagnosed sight problems can be detrimental to their achievement, behaviour and enjoyment of school. Even though most children get a basic check of their eyes in reception years at school, this doesn’t always check everything that’s covered in a full eye examination at an opticians.

“The summer break is an ideal time to book an eye test and as the NHS covers the cost, parents don’t need to pay.”

Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care is a family run business which was established in 1938. It has 176 stores in England and Wales, with 1,000 employees. For more information, visit www.scrivens.com