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Opticians kicking off for veterans

02 July, 2014

Red, white and blue is in, as staff from a Honiton opticians raise awareness and funds for the Blind Veterans UK.

Kick off fundraising

Following a weekend dressed in football shirts, throughout June Specsavers Honiton, located at 121 High Street, was decorated in red white and blue, to kick off fundraising for the charity.

Blind Veterans

Jonathan Baumber, store director at Specsavers Honiton, says: ‘We were very pleased to be supporting the Blind Veterans, and are pleased to have raised as much as possible throughout the month for the cause.’

Latest opthalmic technology

The store in Honiton is equipped with the latest ophthalmic technology 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.

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.

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