Specsavers in Bearwood has got behind a fundraising effort for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) as part of National Eye Health Week.

The team on Bearwood Road donated £1 from every sight test carried out during the week, with all the money going to help the fight against preventable sight loss.

According to a report published by the RNIB and Specsavers, one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime, despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

Nearly every family in Britain touched by sight problems

Almost six million people in the UK currently live with sight-threatening conditions yet 25% of people are not having an eye test every two years as recommended by the College of Optometrists. The extent of the problem means that nearly every family in Britain is touched by sight problems in some way.

Store director and optometrist Majid Jawaid said: ‘Almost 80% of people living with sight loss are over the age of 64, so with an ageing population that is expected to retire later, more of our national workforce will be impacted by sight loss.

‘Alongside rapidly growing demand for eye care services, and capacity problems in some clinics at a time of growing budget deficits, we are facing an extremely challenging time for eye health in the UK.'

Raising importance of eye health

The State Of The Nation Eye Health 2017: A Year in Review report, launched ahead of National Eye Health Week (18 – 24 September), is an annual benchmark of Britain’s eye health by RNIB and Specsavers, who joined forces in 2016 to raise awareness of the importance of eye health at every level to help prevent avoidable sight loss.

The report, written by RNIB and Specsavers and supplemented by an independent YouGov poll of 6,430 UK adults, was unveiled at an event hosted by the partnership in London.

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