Billericay Town Football Club recently visited their local Specsavers opticians to get their eyes tested and raise awareness of the importance of regular check-ups as part of National Eye Health Week (18 – 24 September).

Captain Rob Swaine accompanied Celebrity Big Brother 2017 star Jamie O’Hara and former Charlton Athletic and Arsenal player Ricky Modeste during the visit. Joining them were Billericay Town FC fitness instructor and former WWE wrestler Neil ‘Goliath’ Grove, team physiotherapist Kevin Head and kit man Nigel Howe.

Billericay Town FC visit

Jamie O’Hara said: ‘It’s a real pleasure to help Specsavers and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) spread the word about National Eye Health Week. It’s really important to have regular eye tests and I’d urge anyone who hasn’t had one in the last two years to book one as soon as they can.’

It comes as a new report published by the RNIB and Specsavers shows that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime, despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

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.

50% of sight loss is avoidable

Ophthalmic director of Specsavers in Billericay, Arun Balasegaram, said: ‘Almost a quarter of people in Essex haven’t had their eyes tested in the last two years as recommended and it’s important to for maintaining healthy eyes, whether you’re a professional athlete or work in another environment.’

Dispensing director of Specsavers in Billericay, David Farman, said: ‘It was great to have the lads into the store and give them all a check-up. We don’t want anything to hold back our boys from taking that trophy next season.’

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