Specsavers in Morningside was amongst an array of community healthcare providers who gave advice at a health event at the recent Oxgangs Primary School Fair.
The opticians used hi-tech equipment to project digital photos of the backs of people’s eyes onto a big screen.
Also in attendance was Hope Triangle Health Group which gave out advice on men’s health; local Edinburgh charity Health All Round which showcased its services focusing on physical, social and emotional wellbeing; and a local Citizens’ Advice patients’ adviser. Nationwide charities Bowel Cancer UK and Diabetes UK also had representatives at the event.
Popular event
Heather Levy, the NHS Oxgangs community development worker who organised the health event, says: ‘The fair is always a popular local attraction and we included a health element last year which was so popular that I was invited back to do it again but on a bigger scale.
‘We selected the health event exhibitors based on specific feedback and requests which came from parents and pupils.’
The director of Specsavers in Morningside, Michael O’Kane, applauded the school for incorporating health into the annual fair’s offering.

Chance to see optician's view
He says: ‘This is a popular local event so it’s great that the school used it as an opportunity to give out healthcare information, and I was proud to be a part of it.
‘I used a digital retinal camera to take photos of the backs of people’s eyes, which was really popular because people don’t often get a chance to see what the optician sees.  I use this technology on all of my patients – it can help to diagnose everything from glaucoma to high blood pressure, diabetes and more, so I hope it will spread the message that the eyes can be a window to your general health and regular eye tests are important.’