Hundreds of Newtown College students were given an insight into the importance of eye health and regular eye checks when members of the Specsavers Newtown team attended an on-campus student fair.

Raising awareness

Staff from the store on Broad Street, including contact lens optician, Abigail Cutcher and contact lens supervisor, Jemma Pryce, went along to the fair where they spoke to more than 350 of the college’s students about common eye conditions like low vision, and encouraged them to take advantage of access to free eye tests.

At the fair, the team also demonstrated the effects of certain eye conditions by encouraging the students to try on spectacles replicating conditions like cataracts.

Myth busting

‘Many students will forgo booking an eye test, whether because they believe they are expensive or because they don’t want to risk having to fork out on glasses,’ says Abigail.

‘Students aged 16 to 18 years old who are in full-time education can get free eye tests, but it was surprising to hear many weren’t aware of this,’ she continues. ‘Getting that message across and showing them just how easy it is to have their eyes tested was great, and we hope it’ll encourage them to pay more attention to their eye health going forward.’

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