Michelle Donelan, MP paid a visit to Specsavers Chippenham during National Eye Health Week (24-30 September), to help raise awareness of preventable sight loss.
Specsavers in Borough Parade welcomed Michelle as she was given a tour of the store and shown how the team is helping to improve the eye health of local people. Community optometry can play a vital role in preventing sight loss, not just by encouraging people to have regular eye tests, but also by providing advanced eye care services on behalf of the NHS in the community.
A word from the store director
‘We were thrilled to welcome Michelle into the store and chat to her about how more can be done locally, and nationally, to prevent sight loss,’ said Tom Mogford, optometrist and store director at Specsavers Chippenham. ‘The latest figures show that more than 17,000 people in Wiltshire live with sight loss. As well as carrying out more than 24,000 eye tests every year, we also provide intraocular pressure testing for glaucoma monitoring and management and macular and retinal disease monitoring.’
Specsavers is continuing its partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to help encourage people to take their eye health seriously. Working together, two State of the Nation Eye Health reports have been produced in 2016 and 2017 which have revealed the extent of the problem.