An Ayrshire opticians is offering youngsters the chance to ensure their vision is ‘top of the class’ before they head back to school after the summer holidays.

Urquhart Opticians, which has eight practices, has launched a new campaign urging families to make sure their children are up to date with their eye test.

As part of the campaign, all practices will be giving out special ‘back to school’ packs with notepad, pencils, pens, stickers, sharpener, eraser and pencil toppers to all children who have an eye examination during the summer break. They are also hiding £10 book tokens in five bags to be spent by the lucky winners.

The opticians launched the programme due to the importance regular eye examinations can have on a child’s life, ensuring their eyes are developing at the right stage for their age group and helping them to get the most out of their education.

Clinical Director Alistair Duff: “I am very short sighted myself, and this was picked up at a routine eye test when I was seven-years-old. Since then, I have worn glasses and contact lenses, which made a huge difference to my progression at school and life outside of the classroom as well.

“Even if your child doesn’t have any sight-related symptoms, regular eye exams could pick up any minor change in their vision, which in turn could improve their happiness and confidence in school.

“We pride ourselves on having a forward-thinking team that is always looking to innovate, while doing great work in our community. Looking after the vision of the next generation is important to us all and we want to get families thinking about their eye health from an early age.”

The Back to School Campaign ends Sunday, August 14.