With darker and longer nights already upon us and the Christmas party season getting closer, your local Specsavers team is reminding people of the importance of looking after their eyesight in order to stay safe on the roads.

Darker evenings

Eye expert Una Martin wants to encourage people to have their eyes checked: ‘We want to make sure all of our residents are staying safe at this time of year at night, especially on the roads. Vision is reduced when it’s dark, and if you are having problems with your vision, this could present more difficulties.’

Statistics from road safety charity Brake prove that it is more hazardous to be out and about during darker evenings. For example, figures show that there are more than twice as many pedestrian deaths in December as in June1.

Regular eye exams

Una continues: ‘It really is vital that people look after their eyesight, especially at this time of year. Many of us do not notice difficulties with vision until it is darker for longer.

‘It’s very important to have regular eye examinations as they can not only reveal problems with your sight but also a whole host of other serious health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and can even recognise someone at risk of a stroke.’

Specsavers is advising people to book an eye test if they have any concerns about their eyesight or haven’t had an eye examination in the last two years.

1  http://www.brake.org.uk/component/content/article/15-facts-a-resources/facts/473-time-to-put-the-clocks-forward

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