22 September marks the start of National Eye Health Awareness Week, and Specsavers stores across Northern Ireland are urging people to undergo a routine eye examination.
Many people think that a sight test is just about checking whether your vision needs correcting with glasses or contact lenses. A sight test is a vital check on the health of the eyes and includes the detection of eye conditions. If found early, many of these conditions can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss. A sight test can also detect other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Encouraging a sight test
Tony McGinn, Regional Chairman, Specsavers, Northern Ireland, says: ‘We at Specsavers would encourage people of all ages to make sure that they have regular sight tests, to help maintain not only the health of their eyes, but their overall wellbeing too.’
To help maintain good eye health, there are simple changes we can make to our diet and our lifestyles. Studies have also shown that what we eat can affect our vision. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as leafy greens like kale and spinach, oily fish, and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables like corn, carrots and oranges, can all help prevent retinal damage.
Tony McGinn continued, ‘’Good vision is particularly important when it comes to safety on our roads, both as drivers and as pedestrians, especially as we are nearing the end of the summer months and darker days will soon be upon us. Therefore, Specsavers stores across the province would like to encourage Northern Ireland residents to use National Eye Health Week as an incentive to have their sight checked.’