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Town support World Sight Day

17 October 2013

Players back Staffordshire & Shropshire Eye Health Network campaign

Players from Shrewsbury Town took to the pitch blindfolded to convey the message of what it is to lose sight and just how important it is to get eyes regularly tested.
Goalkeeper Chris Weale together with Ryan Woods, Jon Taylor and Dave McAllister helped promote World Sight Day to raise awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.
The theme this year is universal eye health and the Greenhous Meadow quartet kicked a ball about on the club's pitch. 
Shelley Stubbs, chairwoman of Staffordshire & Shropshire Eye Health Network, said: “The reason an eye test is vital for everyone is that it is the first step in the diagnosis and treatment for virtually every eye condition.
“There are lots of people who have not had an eye test for years, if ever, and they are at putting their sight at risk as most eye diseases will not give visual symptoms in the early stages, where treatment would be most effective.
“In the UK there are currently almost two million people living with some degree of sight loss. Unfortunately this number is rapidly increasing, despite the fact that over 50 per cent of sight loss is preventable.” 

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