Reading residents were about to view life through the lens of an individual, diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy this Diabetes Awareness Week (11th to 17th June) with the arrival or the Specsavers and RNIB Eye-Pod.

Representatives from the RNIB joined the team from Specsavers along with Specsavers Head of Enhanced Optical Services, Irinder Khakha.

An interactive module in Reading

The interactive module arrived in on Broad Street in Reading on Saturday 16 June as part of an educational campaign tour of the UK. Over 250 visitors were able to find out how the world around them would look if they suffered from eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. 

Don Watts, store director for Specsavers in Reading Shinfield Road said: ‘A routine eye examination can pick up early signs of many eyes conditions, including diabetic retinopathy and early detection can help to stave off the effects of not completely prevent any symptoms. That’s why we always recommend seeing an optician at least every two years, and if you feel you might be suffering from any of the symptoms, you should book an appointment immediately.

Teaching about eye health

‘It was fantastic to see so many people in our community interested in their own eye health as well as others. Many of them had friends or family with one of the conditions and said they found it invaluable to understand just for a few moments what they were going through.

‘Opticians don’t only check for changes in vision, we look at the overall health of the eye and in very rare cases, can even detect more serious symptoms linked to life threatening conditions such as a brain tumour.’

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