Hairy biker backs sight cam­paign

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

CELEBRITY chef and Hairy Bik­ers star Dave My­ers is back­ing a cam­paign to en­cour­age older peo­ple liv­ing in Brid­gend to get their eyes tested.

Spec­savers has teamed up with the Royal Na­tional In­sti­tute of Blind Peo­ple (RNIB) and Dave My­ers to urge Bri­tain’s age­ing work­force to take their eye health se­ri­ously dur­ing Na­tional Eye Health Week. There are cur­rently 1,700 peo­ple over the age of 65 work­ing in Brid­gend county bor­ough – but one in four are not get­ting their eyes tested reg­u­larly.

It’s thought that 12,060 peo­ple in Brid­gend are liv­ing with pre­ventable sight loss con­di­tions, in­clud­ing cataracts, glau­coma and di­a­betic retinopa­thy.

TV star Dave, 61, is back­ing the cam­paign af­ter dis­cov­er­ing he had a se­ri­ous eye con­di­tion that could have had a huge im­pact on his ca­reer.

He said: I was shocked when I found out that I’d de­vel­oped glau­coma when I was just 51. Thank­fully it was spot­ted dur­ing a rou­tine test but if it had gone un­no­ticed, I could have gone blind, and that would have had a huge im­pact on the job I love.”

To get your eyes checked, visit your lo­cal op­ti­cian.

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