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Don’t overlook your eye health

newspaper 412452 640The NHS is reminding all Solihull residents to take care with their eye health. This week is ‘National Eye Health Week’ and it’s important that local people pay attention and take good care of their sight. There are many things that people can do to improve the health of their vision, including maintaining a healthy diet, having an active lifestyle and giving up smoking. Having regular eye checks is important too, even if a person feels that their sight is good.

Sight loss affects about 2 million people in the UK, and half of these cases may have been avoided with routine eye test. Those over 60 and young adults in full time education are amongst the 30 million people in the UK that are entitled to receive a free eye test. Eyes should be tested at least once every two years, even if there has been no difference to a person’s sight.

Simone Mason, Deputy Lead for Solihull Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) said,

“Having your eyes checked is an essential part of your wellbeing and should be done regularly irrespective of your age or gender. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don't know the best way to look after our eyes. A routine check-up could determine whether your vision could benefit from using a visual aid such as glasses or contact lenses. 

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“Regular eye checks, can also detect early signs of conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes or high blood pressure, which may show no symptoms. Book an appointment with your local optician, as soon as possible.”

To find a list of opticians in the area or for more information about eye tests, visit http://www.nhs.uk/service-search/Opticians/LocationSearch/9