On Tuesday 22 September two national charities will be working together to help raise awareness of the importance of eye health in Islington. To celebrate National Eye Health week Thomas Pocklington Trust have arranged for RNIB’s Eye Pod to be placed in front of the Town Hall on Upper Street for the whole day.

This is a unique chance to see the world through other people’s eyes. Visitors to the Eye Pod will be able to see on screen what Upper Street looks like with different visual impairments including Age-related macular degeneration, by far the leading cause of blindness in adults, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. There will also be the opportunity for people to arrange a free eye test with local opticians.

Roger Clifton, Director of Collaboration for Thomas Pocklington Trust, said “We run a number of events and activities for visually impaired residents in the community and we are in the process of setting up a user-led group in the Borough. Because of our expertise we are keen to do what we can to prevent avoidable sight loss and National Eye Health Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and get people involved.”

Fazilet Hadi, RNIB Director of Engagement, said: “The Eye Pod is a great way of getting people involved but it also gets across the serious message that people need to make their eye health a priority. Up to 50 per cent of sight loss could be avoided and there are things people can do to protect their vision including having regular eye checks.”

Councillor Janet Burgess, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services, said: “Visually impaired residents play a full and active part in our community in Islington, but more must be done to raise awareness of the challenges people with eye conditions face. We’re pleased to be welcoming the ‘eye pod’ to the town hall, as it will be an excellent opportunity to promote good eye health. The day is a good reminder that we all can do simple things to look after our own sight.”

The Eye Pod will be in the parking area in front of the Town Hall between 10.00am and 4.00pm and volunteers, RNIB staff and local optometrists will be available to give more information. Councillor Janet Burgess, the Mayor of Islington, and Councillors will be joining us throughout the day.