Staff at a Nottingham opticians raised funds and awareness last week, during National Eye Health Week (18 – 24 September), donating more than £85 to the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB).
The team held a fundraising day on Monday 18 September, which featured the infamous dancing grannies troupe, who drew a crowd with their antics outside the store. Meanwhile, the team was on hand dressed in t-shirts raising awareness of the week to give out information leaflets about good eye health and offered free eye test vouchers to visitors and collected donations for Specsavers’ partner charity, the RNIB. The team also held a cake sale in store.
‘National Eye Health Week is a huge week for us as eyecare professionals,’ explains store director Simon Dunn. ‘There is still a lot of work to do in raising the profile of eye health, and particularly of preventable eye diseases that can be picked up by a simple, regular eye test.
‘Research conducted by Specsavers in partnership with the RNIB, which was published this week, has highlighted some concerning statistics for the Nottinghamshire region. The most alarming is that people aren’t viewing sight tests as a valuable part of an ongoing health regime – with 42% saying they hadn’t been for a sight test as they didn’t think there was anything wrong with their vision.
‘It also highlighted that people in the region were more likely to attend a sight test if they thought there were benefits beyond checking their vision. It’s very worrying because sight tests can pick up what are often very treatable conditions in their early stages, usually when they are symptomless.
‘We would like to get the community talking about good eye health, and to encourage locals to pop into store to see us for a chat or a test.’
For more information or to make a donation, please visit Specsavers at 20-24 Wheelergate, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 2ND call or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/nottingham