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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Find out more about eye health and visual impairment

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Stockton Council is raising awareness about eye health and visual impairment on World Sight Day.

Tomorrow (9 October) a free event will be held in Stockton Library to encourage people to have regular eye checks to help prevent avoidable visual impairment and to highlight the needs of people with visual impairment as well as the support available for them.

Between 9.30am and 3.15pm members of the public are invited to find out more.

There will be an opportunity for people to attend presentations and a workshop which will explore how to improve services for those with visual impairments. Anyone interested in attending the workshop should pre-book their place.

From 10am there will be a number of information stands where anyone who visits the library will be able to speak to representatives from a number of organisations and charities including:

  • Action For Blind People
  • Stockton Council’s Sensory Support Team
  • The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB)
  • Library Services • NHS health checks and diabetic screening
  • Stockton Independent Living Centre • Assistive Technology
  • STEPS (support for vocational training and employment opportunities for adults with a disability, living in the Stockton Borough)
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind

Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, Councillor Jim Beall, said: “We know how challenging day-to-day activities can become when you suffer from a visual impairment. However, through regular eye tests specialists can often identify and provide early treatment of any problems that may lead to vision difficulties.

“We would also like to raise awareness about the support services, equipment and techniques that can make life easier for people with visual impairment and their carers. I hope anyone affected by visual impairment or at risk of developing eye health problems comes along to find out about the vast range of help, support and advice which is available for them.”

To book a workshop place or to find out more email or call 01642 528460. 

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