Brechin Library is one of the libraries in Angus set to stock a new book designed for the early detection of vision problems in children.
The initiative was made possible following a donation from Optical Express.
The book, called ‘Eye See a Dragon in the Glens’, is about a troll hunting in the Highlands and is expected to be available in January.
The book is designed to carryout a visual acuity test to check that both eyes see clearly and it also contains a suppression test with 3D glasses to check both eyes are working well together.
The tests were validated by Glasgow Caledonian University Vision Science Team.
The book is raising money for leading Scottish children’s charity Children 1st, and Optical Express has also provided the charity with an additional 100 books free of charge to distribute to their network of children’s services.
Jane Salway, regional manager for Optical Express, commented: “We are totally committed to helping educate parents on the importance of children’s eye health, so when we were approached to support this project we didn’t hesitate to get involved.
“It is extremely important that as many children across the country have access to this book which we know can improve early detection of vision issues which traditionally has been a real challenge when treating younger children.
“By distributing a copy of the book to libraries across Angus we hope that the book will benefit as many children as possible.”
Barbara Kidd, director of fund-raising at Children 1st added: “To date ‘Eye See A Dragon in the Glen’ has raised over £7,000 for Children 1st, supporting our mission to provide every child and young person in Scotland with a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood.”