Town VIPs set sights on preventable vision loss
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Toby Perkins MP were among those who have visited an interactive sight simulator in Chesterfield town centre.
An interactive experience
The Eye Pod, created out of a partnership between Specsavers and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), enabled members of the public to see how the four main eye conditions - age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts - can affect your sight.
Almost 100 members of the public also had the chance to experience the simulator, designed to raise awareness of how important it is to have a regular eye test.
The Eye Pod can't be missed
The distinctive trailer has two cameras on top of the pod which link to screens inside where the public can view their surroundings with symptoms of each condition. All four conditions are causes of preventable sight loss.
Experts were on hand throughout the day to offer sight loss advice and free eye test vouchers.
Action is needed today
Vicki Bainbridge, Specsavers Chesterfield store director said: ‘It’s astonishing that so many people are needlessly living with sight loss in the UK today.
'At least half of all sight loss cases are avoidable and a simple eye test can unearth a number of serious health conditions. Our mission with RNIB is to transform the nation’s eye health through awareness and action; this is an enormous challenge but we must rise to it together and take action now.’