Update on National Eye Health Week, 19 – 25 September 2022

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National Eye Health Week logo, Monday 19 - Sunday 25 September 2022, Your vision matters.

Dear Supporter,

I’m writing to confirm that National Eye Health Week 19–25 September 2022 will go ahead, although the campaign will be amended to allow the charity to pay tribute to the remarkable life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

All national activity has been cancelled during the period of national mourning, and, as a mark of our great respect and admiration, we will honour The Queen on 19 September – the day of her State Funeral.

After the period of national mourning has ended the Week will resume with a revised programme of national activity.

The planned roadside vision screening activity has had to be postponed due to road traffic officers being drafted in to cover state events in London. This campaign and associated public health promotion will now run in the new year. National activity on 20 September will be limited to social media posts around the importance of good vision for safe driving.

The main focus of the Week will now shift to FrEYEday 23 September, when the Eye Q Report, looking at how smart we are when it comes to looking after our vision and eye health, will be launched. On this day we will be encouraging people to get their eyes tested and to make small lifestyle changes to benefit their eye health to prevent future avoidable sight loss.

The new timetable looks like this:

  • Monday 19 September – Tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II
  • Tuesday 20 September – Vision and Driving (social media only)
  • Wednesday 21 September – Kids’ Eye Health
  • Thursday 22 September – Eye Health and the Menopause
  • FrEYEday 23 September – What’s Your Eye Q?
  • Saturday 24 September – Minor Eye Conditions
  • Sunday 25 September – Living with Low Vision

What should you do next?

If you wish to cancel or reschedule a local event/activity due to take place during the period of national mourning you can use resources on our website to make this announcement.

If you wish to continue to host an event during the period of national mourning please ensure that the event is conducted in accordance with official guidance which can be found here.

Please look out for further updates over the next few days as we prepare for the new look NEHW 22.

Best wishes,

David Cartwright
Chair, Eye Health UK

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