The team at Specsavers in Basingstoke were delighted to welcome Councillor Paul Frankum, The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and the Mayoress to the store to mark during National Eye Health Week (18 - 24 September).

Promoting the importance of regular sight tests

The visit came during an important awareness week that aims to encourage people to put their two year eye examinations to the top of their to do list. 

Store director, Mandeep Aujla said: 'Specsavers worked with Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) to see what awareness we had as a nation regarding eye health. 

'The findings were pretty scary - many of us are putting our boiler ahead of our eye health and one in four are not having a sight test every 2 years.'

Sharing the findings with VIP guests

Mandeep explained that there is still a lot to be done to make eye health a priority. 

Mandeep said: '250 people start to lose their sight every day in this country.  Most cases can be prevented with early detection, so please put it top of your to do list this month: book an appointment if you haven't seen an optometrist in the last two years.'

A thank you from the Mayor

Local Mayor, Councillor Paul Frankum: 'Thank you for inviting the Mayoress and I to visit the Specsavers centre in Basingstoke. We both enjoyed the tour, obtaining knowledge about the companies’ approach to eye care and hearing about National Eye Week.

'We enjoyed talking to the staff, in all the departments, and learnt a great deal about the hearing services that we were unaware of.'

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