A SOLIHULL student and cricket player is encouraging parents to keep their eye on the ball when it comes to their children’s sight.
Basit Zaman, a Warwickshire County Cricket Club Academy wicket keeper and Solihull Sixth Form College student, is backing a campaign launched by Scrivens Opticians for children to get their eyes checked before the start of the new term.
The 18-year-old Hall Green resident is throwing his weight behind the cause after figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal that eye examination rates among the under 15s have fallen to a 10 year low.
Scrivens Opticians has teamed up with Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s Academy for the campaign.
Warwickshire’s academy director Gary Steer said: “In sport we teach the value in being fully prepared and match fit and it’s a philosophy that should extend to young people to ensure they can make the most of their education.”
If unchecked, poor eyesight can affect a child’s education and overall development.
Scrivens Opticians optometrist Paul Sidhu added: “As children grow, their eyes are constantly changing so it’s vital that they are checked regularly. Regular eye checks can also detect other health problems at an early stage.”