Specsavers stores across Somerset and Wiltshire are urging people to have their eyes and ears checked this World Health Day (7 April).
Not only could this help preserve vision and hearing, but tests can pick up signs of other underlying conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and even signs of brain tumours.
Opticians check more than your eyesight
Optical divisional chair of the South West Michael Thompson, said: ‘A trip to the optician can do so much more than check your vision. Less than half the time taken during an eye appointment involves testing sight – most of the time we are assessing the health of the eye itself, and signs of your wider health too. As well as a check of your vision a routine sight test might just reveal a more serious sight-threatening or wider health condition.’
Regular audiologist appointments can safeguard general health
Hearing checks can also help in the battle against dementia. Research has found that there is an increased risk of disability and dementia in those with hearing loss and, in men only, an increased risk of depression.
Michael Hobbs, Specsavers audiology divisional chair, said: ‘Having your hearing tested could be a simple step to ensure you are taking care of your hearing health and in turn could reduce your chance of developing dementia. 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.’