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GOC welcomes RNIB Eyepod

6 Nov 2013

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to its offices, where Council and staff visited the RNIB Eyepod to learn more about how sight-threatening conditions affect people’s lives.

The Eyepod is travelling across the country, urging councillors, residents and public health professionals to make eye health a priority in their decision making. Inside the futuristic pod participants can use viewers connected to giant eyes to experience how conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts can affect patients’ vision.

GOC Chair, Gareth Hadley, said: “The RNIB is doing fantastic work to raise awareness of the impact sight-threatening conditions can have, and the Eyepod is a great tool for achieving this. I’d like to thank them for the opportunity to put ourselves in the shoes of those whose daily lives are affected by these conditions. My Council colleagues and our staff all found it to be a fascinating experience.”

Clara Eaglen, RNIB Eye Health Campaigns Manager, said: "Although it looks like something from outer space, the pod has a serious message we hope will encourage people to make their eye health a priority. Too many people take their sight for granted, and treat sight loss as an inevitable consequence of ageing when it's not. In fact, up to 50 per cent of sight loss could be avoided and there are things people can do to protect their vision. Eye checks at least every two years are essential."

For more information about the RNIB and the Eyepod, visit the RNIB website.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org

Notes for editors
1. For more information about the RNIB Eyepod visit http://www.rnib.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/sos/pages/eye-pod.aspx

About the General Optical Council
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

About RNIB
RNIB is the leading charity working in the UK offering practical support, advice and information for anyone with sight difficulties. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk

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