National optical retailer Vision Express is offering Swindon residents free eye tests to mark National Eye Health Week (19-25 September 2016) after figures show 17,730 members of the local population are living with a sight-threatening eye condition.
The public are invited to have a free eye test at the ‘Vision Van’ – a high-tech mobile testing unit – between 10am and 5pm on Tuesday 20 September, in Wharf Green, Canal Walk.
A nationwide tour of the ‘Vision Van’ for National Eye Health Week 2016 visits the city after statistics showed increasing levels of eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
The latest research reveals that over 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss and that for over half of these, a simple sight test and new glasses could make all the difference. Yet 37% of people put off having an eye test due to concern about the cost, and more than half of adults only visit an optician once every five years or less
Robert Knowles, Vision Express Swindon store manager said: “It’s really important to see an optician regularly, as it’s possible to lose up to 40 per cent of your vision without even noticing, and while life-threatening issues are rare, the earlier a problem is detected the better the potential outcome.
“We want people to take positive steps to safeguard their sight for a lifetime. Incidences of age-related macular degeneration are on the increase in Swindon and by offering eye exams for free, Vision Express hopes to encourage more people to protect their eye health for years to come.”
Public Health England will join forces with Vision Express for the initiative, with representatives on hand at the ‘Vision Van’ to talk to residents about the link between smoking and sight impairment. Its figures reveal that one fifth of Swindon residents are smokers (19%) and are putting their vision in jeopardy.
A representative from the local Macular Society group will also be at the Van in Swindon to talk to the public about Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world, with nearly 200 new cases diagnosed every day.
Those unable to visit the ‘Vision Van’ can still benefit from a free eye test by downloading an online voucher before the end of September from the Vision Express website: (www.visionexpress.com/national-eye-health-week-2016/free-eye-test/). The voucher can be redeemed from 19 September until the end of October 2016 at any of approximately 400 Vision Express stores across the UK.
To find out more about the #VisionVan during National Eye Health Week visit: http://www.visionexpress.com/national-eye-health-week-2016/