Residents in South East England have revealed their top sights across the UK in a new survey released today ahead of National Eye Health Week (23-29 September).

The research, commissioned by Specsavers, asked more than 2000 adults to rank their favourite visions across the country, and those in South East England picked The White Cliffs of Dover as their favourite.

But despite 96% of those surveyed saying it is important to get their eyes checked, a quarter say they don’t get their eyes checked often enough because they claim it’s too expensive or they forget.

Sight loss in Berkshire

There are 308,000 people living with sight loss in South East England, with over 18,000 of those living in Berkshire. However, as half of all sight loss is avoidable[1], the survey aims to highlight the importance of our vision and why we should not take it for granted. That is why this National Eye Health Week, Specsavers stores across Berkshire are raising the importance of regular eye tests, and are asking people to imagine what their life would be like with impaired vision.

Regular eye tests are crucial to ensuring eye health and eyesight

Abby Hicks, optical regional chair for Specsavers across Berkshire: ‘Half of all sight loss is avoidable with early detection, but despite this, many people in Berkshire are not taking the necessary steps to put eye health at the top of their agenda.

‘Having your eyes tested does not just check for changes in vision but can help prevent sight loss through early detection of conditions and even spot other health concerns such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Everyone should take advantage of the latest innovations available in stores, such as our Optical coherence tomography (OCT) machines commonly found in hospitals, that looks at eye health in fantastic detail.’

Your eyes can reveal a lot about your health so it’s really important to have regular eye tests – once every two years, or more often if recommended by your optometrist. To find out more or book your next appointment at your nearest Specsavers, visit www.specsavers/stores.

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