Derbyshire sight charity takes part in awareness week

DERBYSHIRE Sight Day is an event which is part of the second National Eye Health week that takes place from Monday, June 13 to Sunday, June 19.

Charity Sight Support Derbyshire is joining other eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.

Figures show 1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss and approximately 25,000 of these live in Derbyshire. For 53 per cent of these people a simple sight test and new spectacles could really help.

Derbyshire Sight Day will take place on the Wednesday, June 15, at the Market Place in Derby and on June 17 at the Market Place in Chesterfield. There will be the opportunity to talk about what affects eye health and the impact that diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking can have.

Chief executive of Sight Support Derbyshire Ges Roulstone said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of how people can look after their eyes and the impact that everyday things can have on eye health.”

Sight Support Derbyshire is the largest provider of services to people with a visual impairment in Derbyshire with over 4,000 registered members, and over 13,000 individual contacts per year.