All eyes were on Woking’s eye health this month.
Interactive Eye Pod comes to town
An interactive sight loss simulator visited Woking to show locals what their vision could look like if they were diagnosed with either glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
It arrived during Glaucoma Awareness Week (June 17-23) to help raise awareness of the condition that impacts more than 64 million people around the world. Famous faces such as Whoopi Goldberg and Bono have helped to put the condition on the map by talking about their own diagnosis, but more needs to done to encourage people to have their regular, 2-year sight tests.
Specsavers in Woking prompts locals to care for their sight
Colleagues were on-hand to invite shoppers and passers-by to experience the Eye Pod that was located at Jubilee Square. There are 97,780 people in Surrey living life with preventable sight loss conditions of glaucoma (11,450), early-stage AMD (50,660), cataract (12,670), and diabetic retinopathy (23,300) and many shoppers were surprised to hear such stats.
James Sawyer, store director at Specsavers in Woking, says:
'The good news is that glaucoma can generally be treated effectively if detected early. The most important step you can take to identify any issues is to book your eye appointment every two years. If we got one message across during our three days at Jubilee Square, we hope it is this preventative message. Our vision is precious, so give it the care it deserves.'