As we marked World Health Day at the weekend (7 April) Specsavers stores across Berkshire are urging people to have their eyes and ears checked.

 

Not only could this help preserve vision and hearing, but tests can pick up signs of other underlying conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and even signs of brain tumours.

 

At least half of all sight loss is avoidable, yet every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK, and one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime (1).

 

Checking for eye conditions

When testing, opticians look for indicators of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and general health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

 

Hearing checks aren’t just about your hearing

Hearing checks can help in the battle against dementia. Research has found that there is an increased risk of disability and dementia in those with hearing loss, and, in men only, an increased risk of depression. These associations were not found in the participants using hearing aids (2). 

 

Keeping on top of your health will ensure you are still able to do the things you love. To book your next appointment visit www.specsavers.co.uk    

 

(1) Specsavers and RNIB State of the National Eye Health report with YouGov 

(2) https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/news/article/302/study_confirms_the_link_between_hearing_loss_and_dementia_in_older_adults

 

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