Specsavers in Solihull is encouraging people to look out for their eyes ahead of Macular Week (6-12 July).
The team is getting behind the Macular Society charity initiative which aims to raise awareness about the eye condition, macular degeneration – the leading cause of blindness in the UK.
Raising awareness of macular degeneration
As well as offering specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) to raise funds for the society’s valuable research, the team will also be offering advice on how to look after your eyes. Nutritional supplements and information on the condition – both treatment and prevention – will also be available to customers.
‘Sadly age-related macular degeneration is a debilitating condition that affects more than 600,000 people in the UK,’ said store director Brad Parkes. ‘Hopefully in supporting the initiative we’ll not only help to raise awareness and vital funds, but also encourage people to take care of their eyes.’
Age-related macular degeneration changes a tiny part of the retina at the back of the eye that controls central vision, making it difficult for people to see fine detail.
‘There are simple steps that people can take which include; wearing sunglasses that offer full UV protection, eating a healthy balanced diet rich in green leafy vegetables, taking regular exercise and not smoking - plus of course having regular eye examinations,’ added Brad.
About the charity
The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. The organisation has more than 15,000 members and, as the biggest patient group in the sight loss sector, is the voice of people with macular conditions.