Your local Specsavers optician in Surrey is 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 from those that came before: millions of people have missed out on vital eye tests during lockdown so this awareness campaign comes at the perfect time.

Why eye examinations are important

Regional chair for Specsavers in Surrey, James Sawyer, says: 'Not only is 50% of sight loss avoidable with early detection, but other aspects of your health can also be picked up through a visit to your opticians.

'We have fantastic diagnostic equipment 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 priority

As always, any sudden changes in vision or eye health needs to be seen urgently. James continues: 'We 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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