Vista, a Leicestershire-based sight-loss charity, has a mobile support service for older people at risk of developing sight loss.
The service, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, is touring the county in a specially designed mobile unit, providing information, support and advice.
During February it will visit a variety of locations across Leicestershire. It will be in Melton on Monday, February 22, 10am-12.30pm in The Grange Garden Centre car park, Asfordby Hill. Between 1.30pm and 3.15pm it will be in the Gloucester House car park, Norman Way, Melton. Then on Tuesday, February 23 the unit will be in the Elizabeth Park Sports and Community Centre car park, Checkland Road, Thurmaston, 10am-12.30pm.
According to Vista, 1.8 million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK, and evidence suggests that over 50 per cent of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes.
Its mobile support service aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sight loss, the importance of early diagnosis and the links between lifestyle and sight loss.
Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support. During their time on board, visitors can:
l Learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and spotting conditions early;
l Find out more about the support and services available through Vista;
l Discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.
The programme also supports older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.
Chief executive Paul Bott said: “This exciting project enables us to increase awareness of avoidable sight loss, in particular amongst older people. We believe that advice and support should be available in even the most rural communities, so we’ve taken our services on the road.”