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Are you looking after your eye health?

Are you looking after your eye health?

It’s national Eye Health Week (19-25 September) and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust is taking the opportunity to remind you about the importance of good eye health and regular sight tests.

 

With almost two million people in the UK living with sight loss when over half of all sight loss is preventable, the week aims to inspire people to make healthier lifestyle choices that benefit their eye health.

 

 

Mr Chaterjee, Consultant Lead for the trust’s Ophthalmology Service said: “We recommend that you have a sight test every two years. It can help detect some eye conditions before you’ve even noticed the effect on your vision and for conditions such as Glaucoma, early detection is really important.

 

 

If you’re experiencing eye pain, pressure, blurring of vision or ongoing discomfort I’d encourage you to get your eyes looked at as soon as possible. Some eye conditions can do long term damage to the eyes if left untreated so it’s better to get them checked out by your local optician or GP. If you have an eye condition that can’t be managed by your optician, GP or walk-in centre, they can refer you to specialist eye care services such as our Ophthalmology Service, where you can be seen and treated in the community within two weeks of referral.”

 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) top five things you can do to look after your eye health include: 1. regular eye tests, 2. quitting smoking, 3. eating healthy diet, 4. wearing sunglasses and 5.using safety goggles when carrying out DIY or some sporting activities.

 

 

For more information about national Eye Health Week visit www.visionmatters.org.uk.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:17

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