Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Road Haulage Freight Groups Gets Behind World Glaucoma Week  

Free Eye Tests Available for All - Not Just HGV and Van Drivers

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Shipping News Feature UK – This week, March 11 – 17, is World Glaucoma Week and in the UK the road freight industry is doing its bit to help combat a disease that affects around 600,000 Britons alone, half of them undiagnosed. Glaucoma is particularly relevant to the logistics industry as good vision is of course essential to any van or HGV driver. As part of the effort to improve the rate of diagnosis the Road Haulage Association (RHA) is collaborating with sight experts, Vision Express by launching a brand-new Vision Van, a mobile eye-testing facility housed within a customised trailer, designed and built by Cartwright Conversions.

The unique Vision Van will begin its journey across the UK offering free eye tests to the public to highlight World Glaucoma Week 2018. The problem is considered so serious that online vouchers are now available which offer free eye tests right up to the end of 2018. Obviously, if you drive any type of vehicle it’s important you can see clearly, read road signs accurately and properly assess driving conditions. However, up to five million UK drivers would fail the number plate identification part of the test if they had to take it again. So, if you’re a driver, make sure your eyes are checked regularly.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage to the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain. It can be caused by reduced blood flow or, more commonly, an increase in pressure of the fluid inside the eye. If left untreated, most types of glaucoma lead to the gradual deterioration of sight and, in the most severe case, blindness. However, if detected early, glaucoma can be treated easily and further sight loss can be avoided. Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson said:

“We know mobile health screening works - the NHS recently reported that stationing mobile screening units in convenient locations such as supermarkets, has prompted a four-fold increase in cancer detection rates, and we want to replicate that kind of success for sight-stealing conditions.”

To support World Glaucoma Week, Vision Express is also offering a free eye test in any of its stores, via a voucher that can be downloaded HERE from the 12 - 25 March. Mercedes Benz dealers, Sparshatts supplied a brand new 2548 Actros tractor unit and 3m helped produce the unique Vision Van supplying state-of-the-art reflective wrap in the Vision Express livery which incorporates the RHA’s branding, whilst RGVA Vehicle Graphics finished the bodywork in the all-important wrapping. RHA chief executive Richard Burnett, commented:

“We are delighted to be associated with this initiative, an initiative that for many will prove to be life changing. Good eyesight is vital for any road user but for an HGV driver, their livelihood depends on it. Despite this, there are still far too many drivers who ignore any weakness in their vision, weakness that may well be because of glaucoma.

“Although easy to diagnose, many drivers are nervous of making the initial approach to an optician. The Vision Van will play a vital role in conveying the message that good eye health will actually prolong a driver’s working life.”

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