Opticians champion veterans
Staff from Bideford's Specsavers opticians have raised awareness and funds for Blind Veterans UK.
Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. The charity provides support and rehabilitation to vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, regardless of the cause of their sight loss. Blind Veterans UK launched its No One Alone campaign in October 2012. It aims to reach out to the 68,000 plus blind ex-Service personnel who would benefit from the charity’s services but either do not know about the charity or do not know that they are eligible for its lifelong support. Research suggests that the majority of these did National Service, are currently in their 70s and 80s and suffering from age related sight loss.
Following a raffle in store during July, Specsavers Bideford, raised £190 for the cause.
Gordon Cummings, store director in Specsavers Bideford, says: ‘We were very pleased to support Blind Veterans UK and enjoyed telling our customers all about the charity. We would like to thank all of our customers for their generous donations’
Free eye health check
Local veterans and customers alike have access to the latest ophthalmic technology for testing eyes, including a state-of-the-art digital retinal camera. This takes a digital image of the back of the eye, known as the fundus, and can detect signs of various health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma and even life-threatening tumours.
Specsavers offers the service at no extra charge to all customers over the age of 40 or when otherwise deemed appropriate by the optometrist.