Specsavers in Grays raised over £1,000 for the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) last month during National Eye Health Week.

Situated in Grays Shopping Centre, the store offered free eye tests for customers who donated a minimum of £5 to the charity, raising awareness of the importance of eye health.

Making a difference

Specsavers Grays store director and ophthalmic optometrist, Kiran Kaur, said: ‘It’s fantastic to have received so much support from our local community. The £1,075 we raised can really make a difference to so many people’s lives.’

Specsavers, in partnership with the RNIB, recently published a report showing that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime, despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

Almost six million people in the UK currently live with sight-threatening conditions, yet 25% of people are not having an eye test every two years as recommended by the College of Optometrists. 

Shocking statistics

Other results from the survey showed that Brits check their teeth more often than their eyes; 42% visit the dentist once every six months (equating to four times over two years); while 25% of UK adults have not had an eye test in the past two years or at all.

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