Campaign urges Scots to get eyes checked

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Coaster: Images showed various Scottish landmarks.

RNIB Scotland distributed coasters illustrating the effects of sight loss conditions.

30th September 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

RNIB Scotland is urging people to get their eyes checked as National Eye Health Week comes to an end.

During the awareness week, the sight loss charity has distributed coasters picturing iconic Scottish landmarks as seen through the eyes of someone with a common sight loss condition.

Images featured on the coasters include Edinburgh Castle, as seen through age-related macular degeneration, the Callanish Stones in the Western Isles, as seen through diabetic retinopathy, the Dundee V&A, as seen through glaucoma, and Buchanan Street in Glasgow, as seen through cataracts.

The coasters were distributed to selected pubs and cafes throughout the country to remind people to go for regular eye examinations, which are free in Scotland at local optometrists.

Cate Vallis, campaigns officer for RNIB Scotland, said: "With many sight loss conditions, damage to vision can be arrested or even reversed if the symptoms are detected early enough. Glaucoma, for example, can usually be successfully treated.

“That's why it's so very important that people do get their eyes examined every two years."