Eager to help parents with the Back to School season this September is the Specsavers team in Swanley.

Free items for 10 local schools

Store manager Jade Collins pledged her support to 10 local schools by providing their reception classes with new plimsole bags filled with a drinks bottle, ruler and a rubber. In addition to providing some back to school essentials for the children, the parents also received discount vouchers towards eye examinations and glasses, plus some sample lens cleaners.

Hoping to encourage families to get eyes checked this National Eye Health Week

The September activity coincides with a very important awareness week this month – National Eye Health Week (18-24th). Jade hopes that the literature and discount vouchers distributed to over 350 children will prompt parents to put eye health firmly on the agenda, once and for all.

A new report published by charity Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Specsavers shows that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable. 

Jade says the alarming new statistics show that every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK and that people put their boiler before their eye health.  Half of UK adults have their boiler serviced once a year, over a third renew their mobile phone contract every two years, while 50 per cent of UK adults last had their eyes tested more than a year ago or never.

Alarming statistics

Jade says: ‘We should be having our eyes tested regularly because of what an optician can detect. Worryingly, the survey shows that a quarter of people (23%) are ignoring the first signs of sight loss, despite not being able to see as well in the distance or close up as they used to, and have not sought advice from an optician or medical professional.’

Jade explains why a sight test is crucial and why she decided to offer discount vouchers to children to hopefully motivate parents to visit his store. ‘More than 80 per cent of people are not aware that an optician can spot the early signs of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the UK.’ 

If you haven't had aneye examination in two years, make it a priority this month.

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