Opticians in Dorset are encouraging the community to put eye examinations top of the to do list this month.

 

National Eye Health Week

September marks National Eye Health Week (21-27 September). This year is different to those that came before:  many people across Dorset have missed out on vital eye tests during lockdown so this awareness comes at the perfect time.

 

Why eye examinations are important

Regional chair for Specsavers in Dorset, Andreas Booth says: “Not only is 50% of sight loss avoidable with early detection, other aspects of your health can be picked up through a visit to your opticians.  We have fantastic diagnostic equipment in Dorset that is hospital grade (called OCT) that enables us to look at the eye health in greater detail than ever before.  For a visit that takes under 30 minutes every two years, it’s worthwhile booking that appointment.”

 

Safety a guarantee

As always, any sudden changes in vision or eye health needs to be seen urgent.  Andreas Booth continues: “Stores across Dorset remained open for urgent care during lockdown, and we are now available to see more people and not just emergencies.  We are following incredibly stringent hygiene procedures in store, as well as ensuring customers adhere to social distancing.  Opticians and audiologists have full PPE protection and customer safety remains paramount during these challenging times.”

 

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