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Get yourself seen in national eye health week

Post on 24th September 2018

Have you seen that it’s National Eye Health Week?

The campaign’s top priority is to encourage people to get their eyes tested if they have not done so in the last two years.

It’s an aim we heartily agree with because a sight test does so much more than determine whether your vision needs correcting with glasses or contact lenses. It is a vital check on the health of the eyes and can also detect early signs of glaucoma and other health conditions such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol or diabetes.

It’s easy to neglect our eyes because they rarely hurt when there’s a problem yet it’s the sense that people fear losing the most.

It makes sense therefore to look after eyes and to get yourself seen at your local opticians.

An eye test can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms, many of which can be treated if found early enough.

Optometrists recommend that most people have an eye test about every two years. People over 40 may need the check-ups more often.

Eyesight declines as part of the natural aging process and some cases of sight loss are unavoidable, but for many simply going for regular eye tests and adopting a healthier lifestyle could prevent sight loss having a significant impact on their lives.

Eating a well-balanced diet, keeping fit, avoiding drinking alcohol to excess, quitting smoking and protecting your eyes from the sun are all ways to maintain healthy eyes and a healthy body.

National Eye Health Week is as good a time as any to see what changes you can make to safeguard your sight and it’s also a timely reminder to make an eye test appointment.

If you need any advice on looking after your eyes or you would like to book an eye test, please call in at your nearest Scrivens branch.

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