Date: Sep 17,2020

An annual campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of eye health and the challenges faced by those with visual impairments launches on Monday.  

Vision Awareness Week 2020, organised by Manx Blind Welfare Society, runs from 21st – 26th September, with an action-packed week of events and activities planned. Kicking things off on Monday, Adrian Higgins, Store Director and Optician at Specsavers Isle of Man, will present an informative eye health talk from 2pm at the charity’s Corrin Court headquarters in Onchan. This free-to-attend event is open to all, but attendees are asked to reserve their space in advance. 

On Tuesday (22nd September), a technology drop-in session will take place at the Corrin Court Audio Library, showcasing a wide variety of state-of-the-art technology and gadgets specially designed to help those with a visual impairment. Hosted by the charity’s Resource Officer Dave Wilson, everyone is welcome to go along and find out more between 11am and 3pm.

A ‘Healthy Eyes Cookery Evening’ will be held on Wednesday (23rd September) by local chef Claire Quayle, who will prepare a selection of special meals that are good for your eye health, share recipe cards and offer a taster of the cooking. Taking place once again at Corrin Court, this free event is limited so booking is essential.

On Friday (25th September), Island residents and local businesses are once more encouraged to go ‘Bright for Sight’ by wearing something bright and vibrant, decorating the workplace in bright colours or bringing in some tasty, colourful treats. This annual day is always well supported with organisations from across the Island showing their support for the charity.

Vision Awareness Week will conclude with a Manx Blind Welfare Society presence at Tesco on Friday (25th) and Saturday (26th), where representatives from the charity will talk to shoppers to help them understand why eye health is so important and also collect donations.

Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson said: ‘We hope this week will help to spread awareness of eye health and the challenges blind and visually impaired people face on a daily basis. The events and activities are open to all and we’d love to see some new faces and supporters from across the Island getting involved.

‘Vision Awareness Week is always lots of fun, and is so important for spreading awareness on sight loss and how we can help the blind and visually impaired people in our community live more comfortably.’

To keep up-to-date with the events and activities for Vision Awareness Week 2020 or book a space, head to the Manx Blind Welfare Society Facebook page, call 01624 674727 or email

MBWSs Debbie Thomson showing her support for Bright for Sight