Top hats, berets, caps and fascinators could be spotted in an opticians in Airdrie and Coatbridge recently as Specsavers took part in Wear a Hat Day.

The store teams at the opticians on Graham Street, Airdrie and Main Street, Coatbridge wore their choice of hats while collecting donations for Brain Tumour Research and raised £133.

Specsavers joined stores nationwide to officially sponsor the charity for the first time and help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

A routine test allows opticians to detect serious issues

Andrew McGonagle, store director at Specsavers Airdrie and Coatbridge, said: ‘Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too. A routine test allows opticians to detect serious issues that can be both sight and, in some cases, life threatening – including brain tumours.

‘We use sophisticated technology to help alert us to more serious health issues. This includes digital retinal photography, which takes a detailed image of the back of the eye – the only part of the body where the circulation of blood can be directly observed. Images can be compared on future visits to keep a watchful eye on a patient’s health.

‘This was a light-hearted way to raise awareness of a very serious issue. Thank you to everyone who donated.’

Funds raised on Wear a Hat Day will be used to build a network of experts in world-class, sustainable brain tumour research in Centres of Excellence across the UK.

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