Barbara joined eye health professionals and representatives of national sight loss charities to mark National Eye Health Week (14 – 20 June) and highlight the importance of regular sight tests for people in Worsley and Eccles South.
At least 50% of sight loss is avoidable if identified early enough. A simple sight test offers the quickest and easiest way to check someone’s eye health. However, new research reveals that almost 20% of people have not had an eye examination in the last five years1 and only a third of people (35%) are aware of the recommendation to visit their optician every two years.
When asked why they did not visit the optician, nearly half (40%) of people said they have not experienced any problems that would warrant an eye test, while a quarter (24%) do not think it is necessary, and one fifth (18%) are worried about the cost.
"A sight test can detect the early signs of conditions like glaucoma and, if diagnosed early, the right type of treatment could safeguard your sight. Everyone should have their eyes tested every two years, and for some people this check-up will be free. I encourage everyone in Worsley and Eccles South to get in touch with their optometrist to find out if they are eligible for a free eye test.
"I would also like to see more work done locally by NHS and council bodies to recognise the eye health needs of the population. I will be working to ensure this happens and that good quality services are being provided for all who need them."