Local opticians to hold open days at various branches for National Eye Health Week

By Jessica Durston - 22 September 2022

Business

Wiltshire opticians, Haine & Smith, will be holding open days at some of its practices next week to raise awareness of the importance of eye health.

This year, from September 19 - 25, it is National Eye Health Week.

Independent eye specialists are using the week as an opportunity to further educate the public on how to care for their eyes.

They will also be aiming to reinforce the importance of children’s eyes exams amidst a growing concern of the increase of short sightedness in young people due to increased screen time.

Highlighted below is the activity at various practices throughout the week:

Royal Wootton Bassett

The practice in Royal Wootton Bassett is holding a contact lens open day on Saturday, September 24. A representative from contact lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb will be there to help with any queries and to help arrange trials of the lenses. Information, alongside goody bags, will be given out to anyone interested on the day.

Devizes

Following the national news on the increase of Myopia (short-sightedness) in children, the Devizes practice is holding an open day on Saturday, September 24 as an opportunity to learn about the signs to look out for, advising parents how they can help at home, demonstrating myopia control contact lenses and glasses available to children if they need them and offering appointment services. Visit the practice in The Britox to have a chat with an optometrist and pick up a children’s goody bag.

Malmesbury

A talented member of the Malmesbury practice will hand-draw an anatomical eye in the window throughout the week, to help educate children on the different parts that help you see and why it’s important to look after them. Team members will be there to speak to parents on why children should get their eyes tested, how often, and to make appointments.

Chippenham

Chippenham is holding its open day on Friday, September 23 and welcome those interested in knowing more about contact lenses. A representative fromcontact lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb will be there to help with any queries and to help arrange trials of the lenses. Head to the practice in Emery Gate to speak to its staff and collect a goody bag.

Corsham

The Corsham practice will be handing out children’s colouring sheets all week to help promote eye care. Advice is available to parents on how often a child should have their eyes tested and the importance of them. This is following the national news on the increase of Myopia (short-sightedness) in children. The team will be on hand with leaflets and information on the signs to look out for and how parents can help at home.

Trowbridge

Come along to the Trowbridge practice in The Shires on Friday, September 23 to meet the staff and learn about children’s eye health and examinations. Following the national news on the increase of Myopia (short-sightedness) in children, information on the signs to look out for and how parents can help at home, will be given out in the goody bags. Alongside this, the team will be available to discuss and demonstrate contact lens use and set up some trials for anyone who may be interested.

Amesbury

Staff at the Amesbury practice will be heading out to help spread the word to shoppers on Saturday, September 24. They will be giving out information, goody bags and eye care tips throughout the morning. They will also be on hand for any queries regarding children’s eye tests and will also clean your glasses while you talk!

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