Residents of Blackfaulds Court Sheltered Housing complex benefitted from self-awareness training from Specsavers home visiting service ahead of World Glaucoma Week.
Ted Akil, one of the ‘mobile opticians’ who is fully qualified and experienced in conducting eye tests at home, visited the complex in Bathgate to offer self-awareness training to the residents, staff and family members on how to look out for eye problems.
The training involves simulation glasses so participants can see what the symptoms would feel like for themselves, plus information on cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes.
Keep an eye out
Ted said: ‘The self-awareness training we deliver as part of Specsavers’ home visiting service, is extremely important in making people aware of the different types of eye disease to look out for and what to do if you have symptoms.
‘We invite families and staff of the complex we’re visiting to come along too as the training helps them to notice changes in behaviour that the patients themselves are adapting to without realising.’
Residents also had the chance to give feedback on their own eye health at the session, which encourages greater awareness among their peers.
Specsavers home visiting service provides a comprehensive eyecare service to those who cannot get to their local store unaccompanied, whether living in their own homes or in care homes, including NHS funded eye examinations, dispensing of glasses and aftercare.