Lions’ campaign against vision loss

Boroughbridge Lions president Graham Archer, centre, with David and Kate Long, the proprietors of Vale Opticians. (S)
Boroughbridge Lions president Graham Archer, centre, with David and Kate Long, the proprietors of Vale Opticians. (S)
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The Lions Club of Boroughbridge has teamed up with the town’s Vale Opticians to launch a health campaign aimed at preventing vision loss.

Literature produced by the club, which has been endorsed by the opticians, is being distributed in the area by the business as well as to schools, community groups, health services and people’s homes.

Lions member John Sheepy said: “Making people aware of the importance of early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration is our aim.”

The campaign is an international project developed by Lions Clubs International.

Mr Sheepy said: “We viewed it as important to link with qualified specialists and took the material along to Vale Opticians on High Street. They were delighted to endorse the message and give us their support.”

Research indicates glaucoma and eye disease related to diabetes account for a quarter of the people on the blind register in England and Wales. Many of the problems could have been prevented by prompt detection and treatment, and it is the aim of the campaign to raise awareness of the importance of regular sight tests.

“Our literature stresses this,” added John. “We welcome contact from people who are concerned about this subject.”

Anyone wishing to contact the Lions can visit their website at Boroughbridge Lions or email john.sheepy@btinternet.com.