Guildford Rugby Club gets to know their eyes

Guildford Rugby Club young players

Optegra were delighted to sponsor the mini gala event held by the Guildford Rugby Club for players under 10, 11 and 12.  

The team from Optegra Eye Hospital Surrey attended the event and ran a fun competition for the young players to raise awareness about eye conditions and how they can affect your everyday life. 

We set up an obstacle course for the children to run through with their normal vision, which involved jumping, weaving and throwing. We then gave them goggles which had one eye blacked out or scratched, simulating what it would be like to lose sight in one eye or have cataracts. The player to complete the course in the fastest time with the vision impairing glasses won two tickets to a Harlequins home game and a stadium tour with one of the players!
 
Guildford Rugby Club obstacle course   Guildford Rugby Club obstacle course

You can see more from the event in our video.

Guildford Rugby Club event

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The Optegra Surrey team were on hand to explain how eye conditions could affect their ability to play rugby – as well as affect their everyday life. 
 
Many players entered the competition, and some found it easier than others. Many found it hard to walk with the goggles on, while others found it hard to pass the ball and would throw to one side of the goal – which also highlighted to the parents the importance of regular eye tests. Some parents even wanted to have a go at the obstacle course!

Jamie Wright, Hospital Director for Optegra Eye Hospital Surrey, said: “The event was a great success and enabled Optegra Eye Hospital Surrey to raise awareness of its services and the importance of eye health to the local community.”

Optegra Surrey Hospital Director
L-R: Chris Rowe, Guildford Minis Chairman and Jamie Wright, Hospital Drector at Optegra Eye Hospital Surrey

If you would like a tour of our Surrey hospital and meet our renowned eye consultants, why not come to an open evening?



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