Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss, yet over half of sight loss can be avoided say experts.
Sight is the sense that lots of people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes. It is important for sight tests to be part of everyone’s healthcare routine, just like going to the dentist.
It is important to get your eyes tested every two years, even if you think your vision is fine, as some eye conditions may not show symptoms. A sight test isn’t just about checking whether your vision needs correcting with glasses or contact lenses.
Sight tests can detect many conditions which, if found early, can be treated successfully avoiding potential sight loss.
Other serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, can be detected through regular sight tests.Awareness of the link between diet and good eye health is low – a recent survey found sixty per cent of people living in the UK had no idea that what they eat can affect the health of their eyes.
Vitamins, minerals and carotenoids found in many fruits, vegetables and other wholesome foods can help protect sight and keep eyes healthy.
Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on eye health. After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration. Smoking also increases the risk of developing cataracts.
Protecting eyes from the sun is very important. Sunglasses should have the right level of ultraviolet protection. Visit and for further information about protecting your sight.