Motorists urged to think about their eyes
Do YOU Have Collision Vision?
Haine & Smith has teamed up with local charity Wiltshire Sight, plus the Wiltshire and Swindon Road Safety Partnership to highlight the importance of good eyesight for motorists by launching the #eyes2drive campaign.
Having good eyesight is essential to safe driving. Yet some drivers fail to get their eyes tested regularly, some going years or even decades without checking their vision is up to standard. Others put themselves and others in unnecessary danger by taking to the wheel without their glasses or contact lenses. According to Brake, poor vision is estimated to cause 2,900 road casualties every year.
Leanne Hubbard Chief Executive of Wiltshire Sight says: “Drivers can help make our roads safer by getting their eyes tested at least every two years, even if they think their vision is perfect, or straight away if they notice a problem. Vision can deteriorate quickly, sometimes without you even noticing, so regular tests are crucial and can help detect any longer-term conditions before they get worse.”
Sergeant Brewster adds “The legal requirements that the Police CAN test for is that a driver can read a standard clean number plate from 20.5 metres in good daylight. If spectacles or contact lenses are required to achieve this then they must also be worn for driving. As driving with impaired vision is clearly a road safety issue, Wiltshire Police are keen to support this initiative and to raise driver awareness on this issue, encouraging regular eye checks.”
The project will include town centre Roadshows in Chippenham, Salisbury and Swindon offering a wealth of free information, giveaways and things to see and do for all ages. Wiltshire Fire & Rescue and Wiltshire Police will have vehicles on display and Haine & Smith will provide free on the spot vision checks.
The roadshows take place:
- Chippenham, Town Centre on Friday 23 October 9:30am – 4pm
- Salisbury, Market Place on Tuesday 27 October 10am – 4pm
- Swindon, Wharf Green on Thursday 29 October 9.30am – 4pm
The campaign will coincide with the October clock change when Daylight Saving Time ends and many road journeys become more challenging in the dark as people adjust to the low light levels and the reflective glare from oncoming headlights.
An eye opening day at Staverton School
As part of National Eye Health Week from Monday 21 – Sunday 27 September, Haine & Smith sent Dispensing Optician David Sawyer back to the classroom.
During his visit to Staverton Church of England Primary School near Trowbridge, David taught pupils about the anatomy of eyes and what they can do to keep them healthy. In addition to protecting our eyes from the sun, eating well and keeping fit, he explained that a regular check-up is essential.
Lucy Hannaford, PSHE Co-ordinator for the school said: “The children really enjoyed the talk and thanks to David now have a much greater appreciation of just how amazing their eyes are. Plus, the children all went away with a goody bag so hopefully this will help prompt some eyecare conversations at home too.”
David explained: “It’s unusual for children to complain about their vision yet according to the Eyecare Trust 1 in 5 children have an undetected problem with their vision which can restrict them from reaching their full visual, learning and social potential. I think many families put off going to the optician because they worry it will be expensive, however children under 16 are entitled to a free NHS sight test and a voucher towards the cost of any glasses or contact lenses prescribed.”
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Head Office Welcomes New Apprentices
Haine & Smith has welcomed two apprentice administrators to their Headquarters in Pewsey.
Emily and Gabriella, both 18 and former students of New College in Swindon, applied for an apprenticeship with Haine & Smith through the government training scheme, First4Skills.
Already valuable assets to the Haine & Smith team, Emily and Gabriella are studying for their NVQ level 2 in Business and Administration.
Haine & Smith joins forces with The Brain Tumour Charity to promote HeadSmart
Haine & Smith is the first optical group in the UK to pledge its support for the HeadSmart campaign by displaying symptom cards and encouraging staff to be brain tumour aware.
Brain tumours kill more children in the UK than any other type of cancer.
HeadSmart was launched in 2011 after concerns were raised by health professionals and the public about the length of time it took to diagnose brain tumours in children and young people in the UK.
The campaign has already produced impressive results, with average diagnosis times dropping from 9.1 weeks to 6.7 weeks since its launch. That reduction is saving children’s lives and reducing long-term disabilities.
Rachel Wheeler, Marketing Manager at Haine & Smith, says: “As an optician, Haine & Smith is well placed to support the fantastic work The Brain Tumour Charity is doing with the HeadSmart campaign. Some of the most common symptoms of brain tumours include abnormal eye movements, blurred or double vision and persistent headaches.”
Giles Smith, Partner at Haine & Smith adds: “Many people think an eye test is only about how well you can see, but it is also an important health check which can lead to the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions. A child is never too young to have their eyes examined and I would urge anyone concerned to see an optician.”
Sarah Lindsell, Chief Executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, says: “We are proud to welcome Haine & Smith as our first optical partner for this campaign to help us raise awareness across the UK. We see first hand the heartbreak caused by the diagnosis of a brain tumour in a child. When the diagnosis is delayed the results can be devastating.”
Sacha Langton-Gilks from Dorset lost her son David (known as DD) to a brain tumour when he was just 16. She says: “If an optician spots raised brain pressure in a child, he or she will be sent for an urgent scan and seen by specialists. There will be no wait for a GP’s referral. Opticians are in the front line for getting our children to the right doctors faster.”
New Tyres for Severn Freewheeler
The Charitable Trust has paid for a new set of motor-cycle tyres which are now helping the emergency voluntary service, Severn Freewheelers continue their life-saving work.
A group of advanced motorcyclists, the Severn Freewheelers (SFW) provide a free, out of hours service delivering blood, human tissue and other essential medical items between NHS facilities in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and North Wiltshire.
The Trustees were keen to support the SFW after learning about the fantastic work carried out by the charity from one of our patients at Wroughton who also volunteers as a rider. Lee-Anne Heaford, Manager of Haine & Smith in Wroughton says: “This is such a deserving cause as the SFW provide cover for the NHS from 7pm-7am, and all day at weekends and public holidays thanks solely to volunteers and public donations. It’s great to see the new tyres that the Haine & Smith Charitable Trust have funded helping to keep a rider on the road, literally!”