National eye health week
September 19th – 25th September 2016
 
The seventh annual National Eye Health week is an opportunity to re-inforce the The seventh annual National Eye Health week is an opportunity to re-inforce the message that people should look after their eyes. It is so important you get your eyes tested regularly even if you think your vision is fine as some eye conditions may not show symptoms.
 
A sight test is a vital check on the health of the eyes and includes the detection of eye conditions. Many of these, if found early, can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss.
 
Lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking and excessive drinking can all contribute to an increased risk of developing eye sight problems:
  • A balanced diet, including fruit and vegetables, will benefit overall health, and help maintain healthy eyes.
  • Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of developing Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration, cataract and diabetic retinopathy.
  • DIY and some sporting activity carries an increased risk of serious and superficial eye injury. Eye safety goggles should be used to protect your eyes.
 
If you do not already undertake routine eye examinations or have concerns about your vision contact your local optician to make an appointment.
 
Visit the National Eye Health Week website for further information.
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