The Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Lawrence Williams and Mayoress Mrs Elaine Williams visited Specsavers in Bournemouth during National Eye Health Week (18-24 September) to learn about the facilities available at the store. 

Delighted to welcome Mayor and Mayoress

Store director, Robert Barnes, was keen to stress how eye tests are paramount during this important week. A new report from the Royal Institute of Blind People (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. 

Says the director

Robert said: 'Sight is the nation’s most precious sense by far. Our survey showed that 10 times more people said sight was the sense they fear losing most compared to the next most popular sense, smell, followed by hearing.

'Many people are not aware that we can pick up on the early indicators of wider issues too, such as cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the UK.'

Still lots to be done

Robert said: 'We still need to get the message out that an eye test - just like a dentist appointment - is something to put in our diary.  We hope that having the Mayor and Mayoress visit our store will also help to increase the awareness around this important message.'

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