National Eye Health Week
This year’s National Eye Health Week is set to take place from the 19th to 25th of September, 2022. Like other awareness campaigns, this campaign aims to inspire and educate people on the importance of eye health and why they should go for regular sight tests.
Many people often fear losing vision, yet take minimal steps in caring for their eyes. This is what the National Eye Health Week aims to change. Having said that, here are some of the interesting facts about eye health you may not know.
About 2 million persons are living with severe sight loss in UK, which can significantly impact their daily activities. Half of this population’s sight loss is avoidable.
A sight test easily detects the early signs of eye conditions such as glaucoma, which can be treated soon. During any sight test, other health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected.
To maintain healthy eyes, you should eat well, avoid smoking and wear eye protection during bright sunlight.
The importance of eyesight towards the overall well-being, independence and quality of life of an individual is too important to be ignored. This is why eye care charities, health professionals and organisations across the UK are encouraged to join together during this week to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular tests.
Members should be reminded that any user of display screen equipment has the right to ask their employer to refund reasonable costs towards an eye test or if they need specific glasses linked to use of DSE.