Specsavers in Godalming was delighted to invited the Mayor of Godalming, Councillor Simon Thornton to their store during National Eye Health Week (18-24th) in September.

Promoting importance of two year eye examinations

Manish Soni, optical director at Specsavers in Godalming invited the local Mayor to the store to discuss the measures he will be taking to put eye health top of people’s agenda.

Manish said: 'A new survey conducted by Specsavers and charity, Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) shows that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

'Given that vision is the nation’s most precious sense by far, we want to remind people to eye health back on their radar. Further results show that a quarter of us (23%) are ignoring the first signs of sight loss. Clearly, there is lots we need to do to encourage people to visit us more regularly.'

Why a sight test is so important

Manish added: 'Eight in ten people are not aware that an optician can spot the early signs of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the UK.

'We often take our eyesight for granted, but looking after our eyes is so important as changes to our vision can be very gradual, and someone may only notice a problem once serious damage has already been done.'

Fundraising for RNIB

Councillor Simon Thorton was given a tour of the store to learn about the innovations and technology used. Store manager, Rebecca Ross also explained how the team planned to fundraise for the charity during the awareness week with a bake sale.  

Rebecca said: 'We would like to thank Goldaming residents for helping us raise £120 for RNIB during the week. As always, our friendly team is on hand to answer any questions about sight tests and also, style from our great range of designer frames.'

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