Bideford opticians turns yellow for Macular Society
Staff in Bideford dressed the store from top to bottom in yellow, the colour of the Macular Society logo, to raise awareness and funds for those affected by macular eye conditions.
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that progressively destroys the macula, the central portion of the retina, causing partial vision loss. It is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world, usually affecting people over the age of 60 but sometimes developing earlier.
Cakes for a good cause
Throughout the week commencing Sunday 26 June, the store was decorated with yellow balloons and bunting in support of the Macular Society charity. The team held a bake sale, featuring cupcakes decorated with yellow icing, to raise funds for the cause and spread the word. Staff collected a total of £61 in donations for the charity, which provides information and support to those affected by central vision loss.
In addition to their fundraising efforts, the team hosted a Macular Society open evening at the store on Tuesday 28 June. Members of the charity spoke to people about macular degeneration and staff at the store distributed literature about the disease to customers to raise awareness of prevention measures and treatment options.
Importance of regular tests
Regular eye examinations can detect signs of macular degeneration and central vision loss, often before symptoms present. At Specsavers we recommend that everyone has their eyes tested every two years.