On Friday 28 September, staff from Specsavers in Burton-on-Trent held a training session based on information provided by Royal Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Dispensing optician Natalie Perriment and optometrist Dan Wood ran the session to inform fellow colleagues about the impact sight loss has on everyday life. The pair used ‘prop’ glasses, allowing staff to experience what it’s like to live with a sight impairment or loss.

The training was part of the store’s mission to raise awareness and funds during National Eye Health Week (24-30 September) and took place ahead of a vintage fundraising weekend for RNIB.

A word from the store director

‘This was a great way to kick off our fundraising weekend,’ said store director, Linda Joyce. ‘Having briefly experienced the difficulties of living with these symptoms in day to day life, our staff can now better understand the needs of customers with sight impairments or loss and feel extremely driven to raise funds for RNIB.’

Specsavers joined forces with RNIB in 2016 to raise awareness about the importance of getting your eyes tested. Experts recommend people should get their eyes checked every two years.

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