A local opticians is promoting National Eye Health week (18 – 24 September 2017) by giving out fresh fruit and vegetables to customers and fundraising for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Free eye tests

The teams at Specsavers Sutton Coldfield and Mere Green are raising awareness of the link between good nutrition and eye health during National Eye Health Week (NEHW) by providing a selection of healthy food for free. As well as free fruit and veg, free sight tests will be available to customers throughout the week.

The Sutton Coldfield store will also be holding fundraising activities on Saturday 23 September to raise vital funds for RNIB – Specsavers’ partner charity. 

Good nutrition and eye health

Tim Goodhew, store director, said: ‘Eye health experts say that poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles are fuelling a decline in the nation’s eyesight. The alarming new statistics show that 250 people in the UK start living with sight loss every day. Women are at greater risk than men, with nearly one in four women set to develop sight loss in their lifetime compared with one in eight men.

‘Essential vitamins and nutrients found in fruits, vegetables and other wholesome foods are vital to protect against macular degeneration – the UK’s leading cause blindness – as well as other common eye diseases.’

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