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Optometry Scotland supports Fight for Sight's Carrots NightWalks

If you are looking for a fitness challenge, or you or a loved one has been affected by sight loss, or you'd like to do something altruistic for the sector you work in, then join one of this year’s ‘Carrots NightWalks’. For the first time, this fantastic London event will also take place in Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow, with all four NightWalks taking place at the same time on the same night: Friday 20 September 2013.

These fun night-time sponsored walks are Fight for Sight’s flagship fundraising events, helping to raise thousands of pounds for research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.

Last year, over 400 participants – many dressed as carrots or sporting orange wigs! – raised over £150,000 for eye research. This year, the charity is looking for over 1000 walkers to take part in the four events, to raise even more vital funds to reduce sight loss in adults and children.

Anyone can be a Carrots NightWalker: for those wanting a real challenge, there’s a 15 mile walk which takes in each city’s iconic landmarks; and if that sounds too challenging, there’s an equally scenic 6 mile route which has proved popular with families.

Chris Holmes, Britain’s most successful individual Paralympian swimmer supports Carrots NightWalks: “To have so many people walking to raise funds for research to prevent sight loss and increase the awareness of the importance of eye health is just fantastic.”

Julian Jackson, Director of Development and Marketing at Fight for Sight, adds: “1.8 million people in the UK are currently living with sight loss and every day more than 100 people start losing their sight.

As the population ages, these numbers are expected to soar. Through the incredible fundraising efforts of our wonderful walkers and supporters, we will be able to continue to bring hope to millions of people living with visual impairment."

Sight is the sense that people value the most, yet it’s often taken for granted. Walkers will take in some of Britain’s most spectacular night-time sights, reminding themselves and others just how much the ability to see is valued.

All the details, including start times, fundraising tips and registration details can be found at: www.fightforsight.org.uk/carrots

Optometry Scotland to hold surgeries throughout Scotland in April and May

Optometry Scotland will be holding surgeries across Scotland in April and May, these surgeries will allow us to update people on the activities of Optometry Scotland and give you the opportunity to talk individually and in groups to OS representatives. Surgeries are free to OS members, fee applies to non-members. Details of the surgeries are listed below.

Thursday, 25 April, 6pm – Ayr – Venue: Mercure Hotel, Dalblair Road, KA7 1UG
Monday, 29 April, 6pm – Inverness – Venue: Ramada Encore, 63 Academy Street, IV1 1LU
Thursday, 9 May, 6pm – Edinburgh – Venue: Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road, EH12 8NF
Monday, 13 May, 6pm – Aberdeen – Venue: Skene House Hotel, 96 Rosemount Viaduct, AB25 1NX
Monday, 20 May, 6pm – Glasgow – Venue: Radisson Hotel, 301 Arygle Street, G2 8DL

Acuity absorbed by Optometry Scotland, OS responsible for competency certificates

Acuity has now been officially absorbed by Optometry Scotland. All Competency Certificates and Competency Training will be managed by Optometry Scotland.

Please use the Competency Certificate Request Form (click here), which will allow us to begin processing your certificate. Please note that you may be required to send a copy of your College of Optometrists pass letter. A fee of £25 will be required before we can release the certificate, in order to minimise delays, we currently recommend payment by Bank Transfer or Cheque. Please allow 7 working days for certificates to be processed.