Specs aid vision call

MAKING A SPECTACLE: NHS Derbyshire's Helen O'Higgins, centre, with Katie Gladwin, left, and Mary Page, right.
MAKING A SPECTACLE: NHS Derbyshire's Helen O'Higgins, centre, with Katie Gladwin, left, and Mary Page, right.

STAFF and residents at a Matlock care home are stepping out in Dame Edna Everage’s trademark butterfly glasses to raise awareness of reduced vision in people over 65.

NHS Derbyshire and Underhall Care Home, based on Chesterfield Road, have joined forces as part of National Falls Awareness Week to say that simple measures – such as having regular eye tests and keeping glasses clean – are critical.

Rita Umney, a relief manager at Underhall, said: “This week we’re reminding families, visitors, staff and older people to watch their step as tripping on the pavement or losing balance is no laughing matter, particularly when you are older.

“As well as losing mobility, confidence and suffering broken bones, the effects can have a huge impact on long-term health, well-being and everyday confidence.”