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Keeping an eye on health in Thurrock

EVERYBODY takes eyesight for granted – until it goes wrong – and in October Thurrock Council and South Essex College are highlighting eye health care.

The event, on Tuesday, 13 October, will see a wide range of organisations and interactive exhibition displays highlighting eye care and what to do if there is a problem.

Cllr Barbara Rice, the council’s portfolio holder for health, said: “Eye health should have received a great deal of publicity with September being National Eye Health month and World Sight Day on 8 October, so I would hope as many people as possible will come along.”

The exhibition-style event at South Essex College’s in New Road, Grays, campus, will see over 20 national and local organisation promoting eye health care, healthy living, optical equipment, and assistive technology and much more.

There will be activities on the forecourt of the college and stalls in the hall, including a sensory tunnel developed by Guide Dogs which combines different scents, textures, and sounds to give an insight into the challenges faced by millions of blind and partially sighted people every day and an RNIB Eyepod which allows visitors to experience the effect of comparatively common conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts.

The event will also have an action on sight loss mobile unit where people can try for themselves the latest technology and gadgets intended to improve life for blind and partially-sighted people.

Cllr Rice said: “The more I hear about this event the more I like it. It seems to provide everything anyone interested in their eye health needs, practical experience, practical advice and a chance to talk things through.

“I’ll certainly be there, and I’d love to see you there – literally!”

The event is on Tuesday, 13 October, starting at 10am and running until 4pm.

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