The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is encouraging music lovers to make sure they take care of their eye health and remember to book eye tests by putting their vision to the test.
RNIB is the official health charity partner for this year’s iconic Glastonbury Festival, here at Focus we fully support the work the RNIB strives to achieve. Their latest endeavour is a collaboration with the glorious Glastonbury Festival, that draws in crowds of 200,000 for 5 days since 1970, with acts taking place centre stage this year including Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Katy Perry.
The Eye Test Karaoke concept gives festival-goers a chance to sing their way through an eye test. It is an eye test like no other, as lyrics from some of the hottest hits from the festival’s musical acts, will be set out for participants in the form of traditional test, reading letters from largest to smallest.
The catch is that as the lyrics on the screen become smaller and smaller, just like a traditional eye test, a filter is applied to the lyrics to simulate traits of some of the most prevalent, yet avoidable, eye conditions that lead to sight loss including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
“Glastonbury is such an iconic festival, and we’re excited to be part of the line-up for 2017,” said Sally Harvey, RNIB chief executive.
Exposing festival audiences to the experience of these eye conditions is a fun way to not only raise awareness of how threatening to our sight they can be but to also warn that they can be prevented through early detection at a routine eye test.
Recently Google created a ‘Google Doodle’ in honour of Ferdinand Monoyer, the creator of The Monoyer chart which tests eye diopter. Ever been to the opticians or ophthalmologist where they make you read letters on a chart that gradually get smaller?
That’s all with thanks to Monoyer’s initial idea. As modern eye testing has been developed, his chart has been largely replaced by the Snellen chart. View more about Ferdinand Monoyer and eye tests on our blog here.