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National Eye Health week 22nd -28th September 2015


National Eye Health Week is from 22-28 September 2014. It is a chance for eye health organisations to remind people how important their eyes are, and point out that most people should have their eyes examined every two years.

Many people are living with poor vision or, worse still, putting their sight at risk by failing to go for regular eye checks according to our research in aid of National Eye Health Week.

Findings show that despite more than two thirds (68%) of people valuing eyesight above all other senses, more than a third (36%) of people admit leaving it over a month – and in some cases (13%) ‘years’ – before seeking help, even after noticing their eyesight deteriorate.

The research also shows that almost two thirds (61%) of people put up with poor eyesight despite it having a detrimental effect on their life. Over half of people (53%) said they sometimes struggle to see what is on the TV and a further 50% struggle to read books.

Most people should have their eyes examined by an optometrist every two years but this could vary depending on your age and family or medical history – an optometrist will be able to provide advice on this. Despite this, the research shows that more than 1 in 10 (13%) of us have never had our eyes tested.

Dr Susan Blakeney, clinical adviser to the College of Optometrists, commented:

“It’s concerning that despite sight being considered our most precious sense people don’t treat problems with their eyes in the same way they would other conditions, which would result in an immediate trip to the GP.

“Regular sight checks are important for two reasons, firstly because having your vision corrected can improve the quality of day to day life, but secondly and perhaps more importantly regular sight tests can mean early detection of conditions such as cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration which could lead to sight loss. An optometrist may also be able to spot the signs of some broader health conditions with symptoms that affect the eyes, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.”

“If you notice any changes, such as straight lines appearing wavy, ‘missing’ patches or blurry vision, then you should book yourself in for a sight test. Regular eye examinations should form part of everyone’s health routine, after all looking after your eyes is just as important as looking after the rest of your body.”

Thanks to the College of Optometrists for the information / press release here. We will be working hard in Knutsford and Wilmslow to ensure everyone we speak to is aware of the importance of regular eye examinations 


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