The Specsavers Glossop team with store manager Paul Hodgson (centre).
Televisions, computer screens, phones and tablets have become part of everyday life – whatever our age – and this could have a negative impact on our eyesight.
To combat the possible consequences of too much screen time in children, two local businesses have joined forces to encourage children to turn to the written word and rekindle their love of reading.
Coinciding with the forthcoming National Book Reading Day next month (September 6), local opticians Specsavers on High Street West are offering children a free £5 book voucher from independent store Dark Peak Books & Gifts, also on High Street West, when they have an eye exam in August or September.
New research has found that children and teens spend more time in front of screens, which leads to eye strain, blurred vision and dry eyes. It also showed that children switch between devices quite frequently, which can increase eye strain by 22%.
Specsavers Glossop store manager Paul Hodgson said: “Reading for fun is hugely important for children, not only does it improve literacy, vocabulary and communication skills, but it can ignite creativity and boost creativity. imagination, that’s why we’ve partnered with Dark Peak Books & Gifts to encourage kids to read more and get lost in the written word.
“To care for your child’s eyesight and to ensure that they can continue to read comfortably, it is recommended that they have an eye exam at least once every two years, or more often if advised by his optometrist.
Dark Peak Books & Gifts owner Mel O’Brien added, “We are thrilled to partner with Specsavers to encourage children to embrace the world of books.
“Reading is an essential part of any child’s development. Children who are read to are more likely to read independently and those who read regularly are more likely to succeed in school and beyond.”
To celebrate National Book Reading Day on September 6 – a day that will see book lovers indulge in their favorite pastime, guilt-free – Specsavers and Dark Peak Books & Gifts are giving one lucky young reader a three-month subscription to Dark Peak Books. for children worth £35.
For each month of subscription, they will receive their specially chosen book, either hand-delivered locally or sent further afield. For a chance to win, book your child, grandchild, niece or nephew for an eye exam before the 30 September. For more information call 01457 899560 or visit https://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/glossop
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