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  • Eye Pod to simulate sight problems

    Tom Martin

    CROSBY Village will host an interactive ‘Eye Pod’ which will give shoppers a chance to experience a sight loss simulator in the hope it  spreads awareness about sight problems.

    Specsavers will use the technology to allow locals to view life through the lens of someone who has been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy.

    In association with charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the innovative sight loss simulator will provide insight and educate the public on the four most common preventable sight loss conditions: diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.

    The Eye Pod will be in Crosby for one day only on Friday, June 15 and it will be situated outside the store on Moor Lane, and available to everyone to visit for free from 10am to 4pm.

    Sara Taylor, store director for Specsavers in Crosby says: “We are thrilled to welcome the Eye Pod to our town during this very important awareness week.

    “Indicators of diabetic retinopathy can be picked up during a routine eye examination along with other sight loss conditions that are completely preventable with early detection.

    “Public perception is that opticians only check for changes in vision but we look at the overall health of the eye and in very rare cases, can even detect more serious symptoms linked to life threatening conditions such as a brain tumour.

    “The Eye Pod experience will give people a tiny glimmer of how the world could look if their vision is drastically impaired. But there is a positive message here that each condition they will experience is entirely preventable if spotted early on by their optician. I really hope it will act as a stark reminder that our vision should never be taken for granted.”

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