RNIB and Specsavers Omagh marked National Eye Health Week with an interactive eye pod tour at South West College campus. The unusual sight simulator, called the Eye Pod, educates the public about the importance of eye health and regular eye tests.

Pupils from local schools including Loreto Grammar School, Sacred Heart College and Christian Brothers GS joined South West College staff and students and local people to find out more about vision and health.

Four main eye conditions

The Eye Pod gives people the opportunity to experience how the four main eye conditions (Age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts) can affect your sight. The public were also able to talk to staff from Specsavers Omagh store and find out key facts and statistics about each condition.

RNIB support

The Specsavers team including optometry director Donna Harbison, dispensing optician, store director Emma Finn and assistant store manager Carmel Maguire were joined by local lady and RNIB community access worker Agnes Mullan and the team talked to visitors throughout the tour about eye health matters.

Year 14 students Niall McCrystal and Tom McClements from Christian Brothers Grammar School made a special visit to the Pod as they both hope to study optometry next year after completing their A Levels.

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