Hundreds of Plymouth and Saltash shoppers have been learning about what it’s like to live with major eye disease and how they can prevent it, thanks to a joint venture with the RNIB and Specsavers. An interactive eye pod was placed in Place du Brest and the public were invited in to see how the world would look if they suffered from eye diseases including glaucoma and cataracts.

Ageing workforce

With a record number of over 65s still working as the pension age increases, Specsavers Plymouth is encouraging everyone to have regular eye checks, so they can continue doing their jobs. Official figures show there are now more than 1.2 million Brits over 65 working – an age at which most are nearly twice as likely to develop an eye condition.

National awareness week

That’s why this National Eye Health Week (24-30 September) Specsavers has teamed up with Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, to encourage Britain’s ageing workforce to look after their eyes. The 61-year-old revealed he developed glaucoma at 54 and ‘could have gone blind’. Had the condition been left untreated, this would have negatively impacted his career, as he would not have been able to continue cooking or riding his motorbike. So now he is encouraging others to take note of his story.

Dave said: ‘I expect many people in Plymouth know that they should have regular eye tests but our lives are so busy with work and family that it’s not surprising how making an appointment at your opticians can slip. But do take heed of my story’.

Dr Josie Forte, store director at Specsavers Plymouth, said: ‘If you want to avoid unnecessary sight loss as you get older, and continue working and going about your everyday life without barriers then you need to make that very important appointment with your optometrist once every two years.’

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