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Laser Surgery Eye Rounds Up the Impact of National Eye Health Week

27th September, 2013  

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National Eye Health Week has come and gone, and until next September, we at Laser Surgery Eye wave it good bye for now, waiting for it to come around once again. Now is the time to take stock, to reflect and look back on National Eye Health Week; was it a success, was it a failure, did it inspire people and so on and so forth.

The event saw eye specialists and health professionals the length and breadth of the country take up the banner and break out their drums to march to the beat of eye health as they put on a whole host of events including seminars, lectures and demonstrations, to teach the British Public how to take care of their eyes.

It’s too soon to measure the results of the raising of awareness – there hasn’t been enough time for the ordinary citizens of Britain to act on what they have learned, however we can begin to assess the general mood; look at the events that have taken place and see how they went down, how receptive people were to the message.

It had a lot to build on as 2012’s National Eye Health was a huge success, as volunteers and professionals made a concerted effort to really get the message out there. It was certainly in good hands though, as the collective of events saw top eye specialists such as 20/20 eyesight, A C Scott Optometrists, Barnet Pepper Opticians and many, many more in areas all over the country lend a helping hand.

Speaking before this year’s National Eye Health Week, Francesca Marchetti, Chair of National Eye Health week was keen to point out how the information given out this time around was spot on and would go even further to promote eye health to the people of Britain, saying, “This year’s packs are full of valuable tools that make it easy for everyone to promote positive eye health messages during National Eye Health Week. Our A, B, See of Good Eye Health leaflet for example, provides accessible advice and information on a diverse range of ocular topics whilst our fabulous new recipe cards offer mouth-watering solutions for ensuring you eat a balanced diet rich in eye-friendly nutrients.” These packs have since gone down a storm at National Eye Health Week events, and we think they’ll go a long way to making a difference.

Amongst these events were several extraordinary events that went down a storm, including a live cataract surgery on Twitter, a major initiative drive between National Eye Health Week and eye giants Vision Express and an interview for Francesca with Chris Evans on his Radio 2 show. Its early days but we think all of this will make a huge difference in improving the nation’s eye health.

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