National Eye Health Week

This year's National Eye Health Week will take place from 20 to 26 September 2021, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

Did you know that 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Half of this sight loss is avoidable, that is a truly shocking statistic. So many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes and National Eye Health Week aims to change that.

In March 2020 routine eye examinations were suspended in England when lockdown began.  Since then, opticians have been working hard to provide essential eye care for people who have a developed sudden change in their vision, and also to make sure people keep up to date with their routine eye examinations.

Regular sight tests are essential for maintaining healthy eyes, many people think that a sight test is just about checking whether your vision needs correcting with glasses or contact lenses. But there are other important reasons to have a regular sight test.

A sight test is a vital check on the health of the eyes and includes the detection of eye conditions. Many of these, if found early, can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss.  A sight test can also detect other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Most people should have a sight test once every two years. Certain groups may need a sight test more frequently. These include people with a history of eye conditions in the family and people over 40 of Afro-carribean or Asian origin. Regular sight tests are essential for maintaining healthy eyes. You can find out where to go for an eye sight test here

In addition, there are other things you can do to look after your eyes. Including a healthy diet containing lots of antioxidants, regular exercise (particularly in the over 60’s), reduced alcohol consumption, stopping smoking and protecting your eyes from the sun.

But first of all, get your eyesight tested!



Find out more about nutrition and eyesight (Vision Matters)

Find out more about exercise and eyesight (Royal College of Ophthalmologists PDF)

Find out more about alcohol and the eye (Royal College of Ophthalmologists PDF)

Find out more about sun and the eyes (NHS Choices)


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Sight Support provides local services for people living with sight loss across Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset and South Gloucestershire and in Wiltshire under the banner of Wiltshire Sight. Sight Support is a UK registered charity no. 1178384.
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