Regular sight checks encouraged by Vision Van visitor

A first-time visitor to a mobile eye test unit has called for others to make routine appointments

Karen Hill

Glenfield resident Karen Hill found out that the medication she takes for breast cancer could cause problems with her sight during a visit to Vision Express’ Vision Van in Leicester. 

Ms Hill, who was overdue a sight check, is now encouraging others to take advantage of the opportunity to have a free examination with the multiple. 

Speaking about the experience, Ms Hill said: "During my eye test, I found out that medication can cause problems with vision. I’ve got breast cancer and I’m on tamoxifen. I didn’t realise that it can affect your eyes until I had them examined on the van, so I’m glad I came."

Urging others to have a regular sight test, she added: "You must go for an eye test. Don’t put it off – you may find out you’ve got something wrong. The whole sight test process has changed so much since I last had mine checked."

The Vision Van was on its final stop in Leicester at Highcross Shopping Centre on 30 June as part of its tour of the UK during Macular Week

The visit to the city was prompted by figures that revealed that a third of Leicester residents are aged 65 and over – a high risk group for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In Leicester alone, around 110 people per 100,000 are suffering from preventable sight loss relating to the condition, Vision Express highlighted.

Macular Week is the Macular Society’s annual charity event that is designed to raise awareness for AMD.