Did You Know?

  • 20 Million British people risk avoidable sight loss because they fail to have regular sight tests.
  • One in ten British adults have NEVER had an eye examination.
  • 85% of us admit to having problems with our vision.
  • More than 30 million Britons are entitled to FREE eye care (sight tests and / or optical vouchers to cover the cost of any vision correction required) paid for by the NHS.
  • Everyone should have an eye examination once every two years unless advised otherwise by their optometrist. The Eye Care Trust recommends children aged under 9 and people aged 70 and over have annual eye examinations.
  • It’s estimated that 1 in 5 children has an undetected problem with their vision.
  • Fifty per cent of us think an NHS sight test costs £20 or more, despite it being free!
  • A quarter of over 60 year olds say the quality of their vision affects their daily routine.
    (Source of information. The Eyecare Trust)

Tips on looking after your eye sight:

Your eyesight can often change without you being aware of it. A sight test is a valuable health check picking up any potential underlying problems including high blood pressure, glaucoma diabetes and macular degeneration.

  1. Children should have their eyes tested before they start school.
  2. All drivers should have their eyes tested regularly.
  3. Children under 16 and people over 60 are entitled to an NHS sight test every year. Between the ages of 16 and 59 you should have your eyes tested at least every 2 years or sooner if recommended by your Optometrist.
  4. It is essential to have a healthy diet and eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily. Green vegetables especially spinach are good for your eyes.
  5. It is good to take regular exercise.
  6. Wear good quality sun-spectacles when it is sunny. Ultraviolet light can accelerate the onset of macular degeneration and cataracts.
  7. Stop smoking as this can increase the risk of diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and cataracts.

Don’t put your eye sight at risk – Be sure to have regular eye examination.