Funds generated through sight tests in Richmond have been donated to help those whose lives are affected by sight loss.

Specsavers in Richmond’s King Street raised £208 for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) during the recent National Eye Health Week by setting aside £1 for every sight test carried out in store.

The eyecare experts were joined by fellow Specsavers teams across the country, as the high street opticians pledged to collectively support the RNIB’s vital work providing practical and emotional support for those who are blind or partially sighted.

A word from the store director

Store director Ross Campbell was passionate about the appeal: ‘Half of all sight loss cases are preventable – and a simple eye test can be the first step in prevention. Despite that, a quarter of people recently surveyed in the North East said they haven’t been for a regular check-up.

‘It is our goal to change this by transforming people’s attitudes through education, awareness and action.

‘By encouraging people to make time for regular sight tests and raising vital cash for the RNIB, we are showing our support for those living with sight loss or blindness while also taking action to help identify and prevent or treat cases of sight loss.’

Latest research

Recent findings from the RNIB and Specsavers’ State of the Nation: Eye Health Report 2016 emphasised the need for greater awareness about eye health in the UK and in promoting prevention through education.

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