Barbara met the Eye Health Alliance to learn more about the importance of eye health and regular sight tests for local people.
Barbara also had a photograph taken of the back of her retina with a retinal camera, which can pick up conditions such as cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
“Many people don’t look after their eyes as they should. I was surprised to learn that 50% of blindness in the UK could have been prevented through regular sight tests and screening programmes.
“Even if you think your vision is fine it is still important to check that your eyes are healthy. I encourage everyone in Worsley and Eccles South to have a sight test every two years.
“Eye tests are readily available on the high street and many groups of people, such as children aged under 16, people aged over 60 and those on low incomes, are entitled to a free NHS Sight Test. “
For more information about local NHS sight tests and eye care services visit the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk