Specsavers Braintree's eye health experts showed solidarity with those affected by sight loss by walking two and a half miles in their shoes, last week.
Daunting and life-changing
The local Specsavers team took part in a sponsored blindfold walk between Braintree and Rayne train stations to raise vital funds for sight loss charity Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), on Wednesday 13 September.
Laurel Harvey, one of the store’s optical assistant’s who organised the event, said: ‘It’s not until you have your sight taken from you that you appreciate how daunting and life-changing it can really be. It’s made us truly respect those without vision, something we take for granted every day.’
Almost half of residents unaware of life-saving tests
Store director, Mike Bromidge, said that he and his staff were inspired to take to the streets to raise awareness about eye health after the charity’s recent report - The State of the Nation: Eye Health 2016.
The research showed that almost half of East England residents are still unaware of life-saving routine eye tests that can be performed by high street opticians. It also revealed that sight loss is costing the UK economy £28 billion annually[i].
Mike added: ‘The results of the RNIB’s new report have shocked us. Our number one mission is to ensure as many local residents are aware of our services and our dedication to care in the local community as possible.’
More than two million living with sight loss
Specsavers Braintree is planning many events this month to raise money for the charity, including a bake sale on Friday 23 September, which coincides with National Eye Health Week.
More than six million people in the UK live with sight-threatening conditions or uncorrected refractive error. Some may not yet be experiencing any symptoms and may have no idea that anything is wrong. Of these, more than two million people are living with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives.