World Heart Day 29 September 2019

Specsavers supports employers in beating heart disease

Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer today* but small steps can be taken to help reduce the risk of the condition. Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is supporting World Heart Day and asking employers to play a role in beating heart disease.

An eye test can aid in the detection of signs related to the risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke. This means that employers can play a simple but vital role by introducing eye care for all employees.

During an eye examination, the optometrist is able to view the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye. If these are narrowed or leaking it may be a sign of high blood pressure, which can indicate an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure is often symptomless but, once detected, it can usually be easily treated with simple lifestyle changes and medication.

Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, commented: ‘A routine eye test, included as a standard part of DSE eye care or most driver or PPE eye care offerings, can reveal signs of high blood pressure and risk of stroke and heart disease. By implementing an eye care policy for all, as part of an overall wellbeing policy, employers can help to keep their workforce healthy.’

To find out more about implementing corporate eye care, visit: www.specsavers.co.uk/corporate

*www.world-heart-federation.org