As February was National Heart Month, Barnsley Specsavers urged the local community to visit the store for regular eye tests to help monitor their eye health.
The danger of high blood pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a warning sign of heart problems and can often be detected during a Specsavers eye test. Through careful examination of the retina, an optometrist can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can indicate cardiovascular disease.
Early detection is key
An eye test can show the optician if the blood vessel walls are thickening or narrowing the vessels and restricting blood from reaching the retina. In some cases, the eye becomes swollen and its function is limited. High blood pressure is often symptomless and affects one in three adults.
Darren Thornton, Store Director at Barnsley Specsavers, said: ‘It is shocking that so many people from our region suffer from heart and circulatory disease. Every three minutes someone in the UK is struck by a heart attack with around 30% being fatal. The retina is a key window for our optometrists to pick up on underlying health problems beyond simply identifying vision loss.
‘We urge all of those who haven’t visited us for more than two years to book an appointment. An eye test is critical as it enables us to spot any potential issues as soon as possible.’
Specsavers in Barnsley collected donations from customers throughout February in aid of British Heart Foundation research.