Generous colleagues and customers at an opticians in Dumfries have raised more than £300 for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Throughout National Eye Health Awareness Week 2016 (19 to 25 September) Specsavers in Dumfries donated £1 for every sight test carried out – and raised a grand total of £346.

The fundraising was part of a wider pledge by Specsavers’ 700 plus stores across the UK – including 65 across Scotland – to collectively raise significant funds to assist RNIB’s vital work.

Working to combat sight loss
Campbell Chalmers, director of RNIB Scotland, said: ‘We'd like to thank staff in Specsavers stores throughout the country for the generous support they've given to us.

‘This gives a very welcome boost to our work in helping people with visual impairment, and our work to combat preventable sight loss, not least by urging people to have regular eye examinations at their local optometrist.’

Transforming eye health
'It’s astonishing that so many people are needlessly living with or at risk of sight loss in the UK today,' said Specsavers Dumfries store director Jill Dickson.

'Half of all sight loss cases are preventable – and a simple eye test can be the first step in prevention.

‘Our mission together with RNIB is to transform the nation’s eye health through education, awareness and action; we want to reverse these worrying trends that are putting unnecessary pressure on the health service and placing a massive burden on the public purse.’

Recent findings from RNIB and Specsavers’ State of the Nation: Eye Health Report 2016 emphasize the need for greater awareness about eye health in the UK and in promoting prevention through education.

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