This colourful book on first glance may just look like a usual kids book. With a story of dragons and trolls. It’s very bright with lots of pictures and the words are easy enough to read for a young child.
The book however is more than just a story book.
The book is written by One Vision. It contains a subtle message about looking after your eyes and is supported by Optical Express.
The book tells a short story about Lochy the Brave, a troll who attends the eye clinic after harming his eyes in the bright light. As well as the story there are several tests which assists parents in checking the child’s eyes for problems.
The tests are really simple. The book comes with 3D glasses which are needed for the tests and involve counting rings on a dragon and a test card with dragons on.
Obviously this book does not replace a proper eye examination but it may assist in spotting early eye problems in young children.
This book was first published in 2012 and supports the charity Children 1st
You can purchase the book yourself from Amazon
My kids enjoyed the book. Jordanna wears glasses most of the time. Without her glasses she had problems with one of the tests, as did I which proves the book works. The book is very decorative and bright. I especially liked the big red dragon. Everytime Izebella sees the dragon now, she roars. Younger children who cannot yet read will also enjoy having the book read to them and can perhaps participate in the test when they are a little older.
It is vital to get eye examinations from an early age. Eye problems in children do not always come with signs or symptoms. Children assume that what they see is normal as they have never known anything different. I was so shocked when an eye test picked up Jordanna had an astigmatism . I simply assumed all was fine as she never had a squint or lazy eye. To be told that there was a problem and that she may have spent the first few years of her life with less than perfect/ blurry vision was upsetting. At least now thanks to an eye test: she has glasses and her vision is improving. I was told at one of her appointments that once a child reaches a certain age, their vision is set and it’s extremely difficult to correct it beyond that age. Therefore early medical intervention is very important for a child’s vision.
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