Eye Health Week 2016

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Today marks the start of National Eye Health week (Monday 19- Sunday 25 September 2016), a week long awareness campaign, where eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK join together with one aim - to promote the importance of eye health and need for regular sight tests for everyone.

Did you know?

  • 1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss. For 53% of peoeple, a simple sight test and new spectacles could really help
  • A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough
  • During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected
  • For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight.

Anyone can develop sight problems, however people aged over 60 or people from certain ethnic groups, those with learning disabilities or those with a family history of eye disease are at a higher risk - in which case it is especially important to have regular eye sight tests, in order to be aware of your eye health.

For further information you can visit:

NHS Choices

Vision Matters