Linlithgow MP learns about impact of sight and hearing loss on loneliness

The MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk visited an opticians in his ward to learn more about how eye and hearing health can impact loneliness.

Martyn Day MP visiting Specsavers in Linlithgow.
Martyn Day MP visiting Specsavers in Linlithgow.

Martyn Day (SNP) visited Specsavers in Linlithgow where store director and optometrist, Diana Kelly, met with him to emphasise the role glasses and hearing aids play in avoiding social isolation.

Research carried out by Specsavers reveals that more than half of those (51 per cent) who have poor vision also struggle with feelings of loneliness.

Diana said: “We first welcomed Martyn to the store in April and were delighted he requested to visit again to hear more about the work we do, particularly in relation to how sight and hearing loss can amplify loneliness and social isolation.

“As a locally owned business which opened in the town more than three years ago, we also discussed how we contribute to the local economy and provide employment opportunities.

“We discussed how community optometry and audiology can help to relieve pressure on the NHS and how this could be developed further with local shared care schemes.”

Martyn Day MP said: “It was a pleasure to meet the Specsavers team in Linlithgow again and hear about the vital work they are doing in optometry and audiology to support our NHS and patients in Scotland, and how this vital work is helping to combat loneliness and isolation in the community.

“It was also a reminder of the importance of attending regular eye and hearing tests.”