Eight-year-old wins eye health prize

Lynn Carson of Davis Optometrists with pupils from Thrapston Primary School
Lynn Carson of Davis Optometrists with pupils from Thrapston Primary School

A Thrapston pupil has taken inspiration from warmer weather to win an art competition aimed at raising awareness of eye health.

Tom Owen, of Thrapston Primary School, impressed judges with his picture of a beach scene inspired by a summer holiday, in a contest organised by Davis Optometrists, based in the town’s High Street.

The image, depicted through a pair of sunglasses, features sun, sea, sand, surfers, a deckchair and a barbeque.

The eight-year-old, who received a £15 book voucher as well as £100 worth of book vouchers for his school as a prize, said he also learnt a valuable lesson about his eyesight during the challenge, entitled Schools Colouring Competition.

He said: “I got my inspiration for the picture from my summer holiday when I went to Spain and went to the beach.”

And he added: “I think it’s important to have your eyes tested because if you can’t see you wouldn’t be able to enjoy most of the things that other people do.”

Teacher Ashley Tarr, who runs the school’s art club, said: “It was a good opportunity to take part with activities outside of the school and build our links with the community. The children really enjoyed it and most of them go to Davis in Thrapston.”

The contest was staged to raise awareness of eye health and the importance of regular eye examinations for children.

Lynn Carson, practice manager at Davis Optometrists, said: “A recent NHS report revealed the number of children under 16 who have had an eye examination in the past 12 months was at a 10-year low, with just 19 per cent having had an eye examination in 2012-13.

“Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to learn and on their behaviour yet it often goes unrecognised. The sooner that vision problems are detected the better the outcome.”