Specsavers in Rayleigh decided to join in with Wear a Hat Day on 29 March, 2018, wearing their favourite headwear for the occasion.

Rayleigh Specsavers joined stores nationwide and officially sponsored the charity to raise awareness that a routine eye test can detect signs of brain tumours.

Eye tests are important for wider health

Holly Davis, optical assistant at Rayleigh, said: ‘Eye tests are not only really important for your eyes, but also for your wider health. Routine tests allows optometrists to detect serious issues that can be both sight and, in some cases, life threatening – including brain tumours.

Wear a Hat Day has raised over £1million since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago. Staff at Specsavers will be donning their craziest hats and collecting donations from customers.

Sophisticated technology

The store uses sophisticated technology to help detect serious health issues, including 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.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

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