An interactive sight loss simulator visited Milton Keynes at the weekend, to educate the public about the importance of eye health and regular eye tests.

The Specsavers/ RNIB Eye Pod demonstrated how the four main eye conditions (Age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts) can affect your sight.

Interactive equipment

The trailer – which has two cameras on top of the pod – links to screens inside where the public can view their surroundings with symptoms of each condition.

In each case the experience lasts around one minute, with key facts and statistics about the condition then appearing on the screen. Experts were on-hand throughout the day to offer sight loss advice and free eye test vouchers.

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Rajesh Shah, Ophthalmic 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.’

The Eye Pod is currently touring the country to raise awareness and funds in support of RNIB. Specsavers began a partnership with RNIB in 2016 with the mission of transforming eye health and communicating the vital importance of regular eye examinations, not just for eye sight but also to detect sight and life threatening conditions.

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