Dragons rugby stars Aaron Wainwright and Leon Brown took advantage of Specsavers’ latest hospital-quality technology to help ensure they stay at the top of their game during the Six Nations.

The pair, joined by Wales national teammate and Scarlets player Hadleigh Parkes, had an OCT (optical coherence tomography) scan and a hearing screener to check their sight and hearing at an event at the Vale Resort, as a part of Specsavers’ official partnership with the Wales Rugby Union (WRU).

‘Hospital quality’ scan

Specsavers’ hospital-quality OCT scan is available across Wales and can help detect treatable eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, much sooner than a regular sight test. It means treatable eye conditions can be managed before they get worse and it can help prevent potential sight loss.

When asked if how important eye health is, Leon Brown says: ‘It is key. When I was younger I thought I just couldn’t catch – but it’s just because I couldn’t see.’

A Specsavers audiologist also performed a digital hearing screener – a three-minute test that can be administered on a shop floor to show early signs of hearing loss.

When asked how important good hearing is on the pitch, Aaron Wainwright adds: ‘If you’ve got a full stadium and the crowd’s screaming and shouting it’s quite important you can hear what the line out caller is calling, so having healthy ears that you can hear with is pretty key.

‘I think my mother struggles with her hearing but she won’t accept it and go and get her ears tested. After today and having my ears tested I think I’m going to definitely recommend her going to get hers done.’

The trio encouraged all rugby fans to prioritise their own eye health so they can continue to enjoy all the action and to not miss a moment for the Six Nations and beyond – whether it’s at the ground or on television - as Wales look to retain the prestigious trophy.

Ahead of the Official WRU and Specsavers partnership, the Specsavers store in Newport had already entered a partnership of its own with Dragons duo last Summer. Leon and Aaron were supplied with glasses and contact lenses ahead of last year’s Rugby World Cup campaign.

2020 vision during Six Nations

Brian Borland, who performed the OCT screening on the players, says: ‘This is a hugely exciting sponsorship for Specsavers and we are delighted to be partnered with the WRU as its official optician and audiologist.

‘Without good eyesight or hearing, players cannot perform at their very best. Our rollout of OCT across Wales means that everyone – from sports stars to your family and friends – can access state-of-the-art technology that can spot sight and life-threatening conditions much sooner.

‘We are thrilled to have Aaron, Hadleigh and Leon working with us to raise awareness of hearing tests and ensuring their eyesight remains ‘2020’ as we celebrate this year’s Six Nations tournament.’

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