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It is great to see the way that local traders have responded to local optometrist Loveleen Browes’ enthusiasm and joined in EyeFest to help her get the message out about looking after your eyes.

There were lots of traders in Burry Port working together and using food, fun and leaflets to get the public talking about keeping your eyes healthy during National Eye Health week and inform customers about the importance of diet, lifestyle and regular eye checks.

We all talk about healthy diets but how many of us knew that spinach and kale are particularly good for your eyes? Well we do now, after the Lolfa café have had delicious looking recipes up on their specials board. And with the RNIB cardboard glasses which bring home to you the reality of particular eye problems and various leaflets, there are plenty of opportunity to get talking about eye health.

Local publicans joined with The Neptune, The Hope and Anchor and The Portobello in carrying out word puzzles on a test chart and handing out simulation spectacles so that people could appreciate defects such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. The Co-op did their healthy foods competition with prizes for participating youngsters, and Harbour View Gifts and Sweets joined in with a competition to guess the amount of googly eyes in a jar!

The clothes and gifts shop Cadno and Hairdressers like Kevin’s, Squires and Reflections were handing out leaflets about Eye Fest, and the launderette set up a special information corner. The Ticket Hut was giving out information on discounted rail travel for visually impaired people and Escape to Vape had information on the dangers of smoking for your eyes. Both local garages, CJ Motors and KW Motors Ltd., were checking that people had legal driving vision.