World Health Day puts focus on universal healthcare
Post on 6th April 2018
It’s the World Health Organisation’s 70th annual World Health Day on Saturday April 7 which will highlight the fight for universal healthcare for all.
WHO says half the world lacks access to appropriate medical services and another 100 million people have been forced into poverty from paying for medical bills or services.
We’re fortunate in the UK in having access to health services, but it makes sense to look after ourselves by eating a well-balanced diet, keeping fit with regular exercise, avoiding drinking alcohol to excess and quitting smoking.
We also shouldn’t lose sight of taking better care of our eyes and having regular eye tests is certainly advisable.
An eye test does more than flag up if you need new glasses or a change of prescription – it is an important health check.
It 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.
For example an eye test can pick up high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, diabetes and increased risk of stroke.
It is recommended we have an eye test about every two years. Those over 40 may need check-ups more often.
During the test the eyes and the area around them are examined for signs of injury, disease or abnormality. Afterwards you will be advised whether your sight needs correcting and whether you need to be referred for further investigation.
Declining eyesight is part of the natural aging process and some cases of sight loss are unavoidable, but for many people having regular eye tests and adopting a healthier lifestyle could prevent sight loss having a significant impact on their lives.
So why not use World Health Day as a reminder to make that eye test appointment and also to think about what changes you can make for a healthier future?
As an added incentive, and for a limited time only, Scrivens is offering eye tests for £10 when you buy a complete pair of glasses (frames and lenses), or £15 if you do not wish to make a purchase. To get your eye test voucher click here.
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