Sight is the sense people fear losing the most and yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes. Now a campaign to promote the importance of eye health launches this month and aims to change all that.
National Eye Health Week 2019 runs from 23 to 29, September 2019, to highlight the need for regular sight tests.
We are backing this national campaign because vision really matters. The week-long awareness campaign has been launched to highlight eye health and why you should look after your eyes.
Did you know that more than 2 million people are living with severe sight loss in the UK?
This can have a significant impact on their daily lives – but HALF of this sight loss is avoidable.
A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough. Other health conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure can also be detected.
For healthy eyes, it’s important to eat well, don’t smoke and wear UV protection pretty much all year round.
We stock sunglasses for both adults and children and our range of children’s sunglasses are fully polarised with 100 per cent UV protection.
As part of National Eye Health Week, eye care charities, health professionals and organisations across the UK, have joined together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye examinations.
We offer both private and NHS eye examinations and they are carried out by either Davina Dosanjh or Fiona Booth – our fully-qualified optometrists. We always provide a thorough examination which will last around 45 minutes and will include some of the following:
- Visual Field Screening
- Discussion of history and symptoms
- Vision measurements
- Assessment of refractive status and visual acuity
- External and internal examination of the eyes
- Inter ocular pressure measurement
- Advice and issuing of spectacle prescription
Research is the only way that new treatments for eye disease, sight loss and blindness can be discovered.
As part of National Eye Health Week, a fundraising campaign will be launched to raise money to fund vital research in the UK to help find new prevention methods and better treatment for all types of eye disease.
The five-day awareness campaign also aims to encourage people from every walk of life to take better care of their eyes and have regular sight tests. As well as sight tests, there are other things you can do to look after your eyes.
Studies show that what we eat can affect our vision and antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage. Fruit, leafy green vegetables and fish are all rich in nutrients and can lower the risk of eye problems.
Nuts, seeds, and carrots which contain a high level of vitamin E and vitamin A, can also protect the eye from age-related damage.
Chicken, which is rich in zinc, can also help to delay age-related sight loss and macular degeneration.
And finally, drink water! Fluid is an essential to life – but it’s also vital to eye health. Drinking plenty of water can prevent dehydration but it may also reduce the symptoms of dry eyes.
Take action now for your eyes’ sake
Talk about eye health with your friends, family and colleagues. Rethink a poor diet, get active and quit smoking. And when you’ve got a minute, pick up the telephone and book an eye examination with us, by calling 01332 291010.