October 10th was of course World Sight Day and an ideal place for us to promote eye health and eye care was at York District Hospital.
The display stands in the reception area are normally reserved for the hospital’s own information but Margaret Milburn (Equality Officer) was very supportive of the OPTiC Project and allowed us to set up a display of posters and leaflets.
The stand was staffed by Tracy Wilson, OPTiC Project Officer (who sadly left the project the day after this event), Jane Friend (Tracey’s successor) and was also supported by a volunteer.
36 people visited the stand and spent time learning more about eye health to benefit from the information available and to trying on spectacles simulating different eye conditions. Additional information was also sent after the event to those expressing an interest in particular eye conditions or services.
In addition, hundreds of people walked past on their way to and from wards and out-patient clinics, quickly glancing at the large posters and being reminded to look after their eyes.