This World Health Day (April 7) Specsavers stores across Devon and Cornwall are underlining the vast benefits regular optician and audiologist appointments can have on your health.

Routine ear and eye check-ups can help with the detection of a host of greater health issues, as well as maintaining your hearing and eyesight.

Hearing checks can detect signs of dementia

Regular hearing checks, for example, can be significant steps in stumping a number of important health issues, such as increased risk of disability, dementia in those with hearing loss and even depression in men. 

While hearing loss happens gradually in most cases, audiologists recommend you have your ears tested every two years once you reach 55.

Michael Hobbs, Specsavers audiology divisional chair, said: ‘For many, it can take up to 10 years to seek help for hearing loss, but don’t put it off – it may do more for your health than you realise. Hearing tests are not only a simple step in ensuring your hearing health - they can detect larger health issues too. Research has found that hearing loss is linked to an increased risk of disability and dementia, as well as an increased risk of depression in men.’

Routine eye appointments check for eye and general health conditions

Serious health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and even early signs of brain tumours are all detectable from routine optician appointments. Alongside preserving your vision, regular optical check-ups can also protect your general health.

Optical regional chair for stores across Devon and Cornwall, Joanna McLean, said: ‘At least half of all sight loss is avoidable, yet every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK. As well as a check of your vision, a routine sight test might just reveal a more serious condition threatening your sight or your wider health.’

Keep on top of your health and ensure you are still able to do the things you love.

For more information or to book an appointment visit your local store.

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