Optical and audiology directors from Specsavers on Hucknall High Street talked eyes and ears at the Hucknall and district U3A science group meeting last week.
Looking after eyes and ears
Store director, Janet Archer, and optometrist, Priyen Kotecha, spoke about eye health, the legal driving standard, and how different eye conditions can affect your driving. They were joined by Specsavers audiologist, Emma Coveney, who explained hearing loss and developments in hearing aid technology.
Advances in technology
James Spray from Hucknall and district U3A said: ‘Members of our science group are aged between our 60s and 80s and we’re conscious of the need to maintain independence as we grow older, which includes looking after our sight and hearing.
‘We’re very thankful to Specsavers for a useful and informative evening. We were particularly interested to learn how advances in technology have improved testing and treatment for many conditions.’
Investment in equipment
‘Eyesight is so important for road safety,’ said Janet. ‘We can’t stress enough the value of regular eye tests, even if your vision seems fine.
‘We’re now able to identify some treatable conditions even earlier than before, with our recent investment in an OCT (optical coherence tomography) scanner. It means we can help people keep useful sight for longer.’
January is the perfect time for lots of people to start checking off the annual to-do list and drop in for an eye or hearing test. Specsavers recommends everyone has an eye test once every two years and that those over 55 should also get their hearing checked every two years.