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Eye Unit open morning at Benenden Hospital for National Eye Week

24th August 2015

Benenden Hospital is to hold an open morning at its Eye Unit on Friday 25 September, from 10am – 12.30pm, to tie in with National Eye Week.

The event will be open to the general public and to health professionals who will be offered the chance to tour the unit and meet the staff. Visitors will also be able to have a free eye pressure test, with raised eye pressure sometimes being an early indicator of glaucoma. Free blood sugar checks will also be offered, which could pick up if a patient was diabetic, a disease which affects eye health.

Jackie Kinch, who runs the unit, said: “We are pleased to be supporting National Eye Health Week by holding this event. We will talk to visitors about eye health and how they can better protect their eyes. We can also tell them about the services and treatments we offer.

“Last year we carried out more than 1,700 cataract operations, here at Benenden Hospital. This includes more than 120 lens replacement operations using special lenses such as multifocal lenses and lenses that correct astigmatism.  We can talk visitors through what a cataract operation would involve and what a difference it could make to their vision.

“We look forward to welcoming people who might be concerned about their eye health and also local opticians and other health professionals.”

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