Specsavers in Ayr is encouraging the local community to have regular eye checks following World Sight Day on Thursday 9 October.
The Specsavers store located in the High Street is promoting the importance of eye health and having sight tests every two years. The world awareness day aims to highlight the fact that, in many cases, blindness caused by eye conditions is avoidable by having regular checks.
In addition to changes in vision, eye exams can also detect signs of a variety of diseases including glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure and, in rare cases, even life-threatening conditions like brain tumours.
Keeping an eye on your health
Peter Carson, director at Specsavers Ayr, said: 'World Sight Day is a perfect opportunity for us to encourage the community of Ayr to take better care of their eyes.
‘Eye exams are an important part of your overall health routine. Some people wait until they experience symptoms to see an optometrist but shouldn't because many eye problems are silent - meaning they have no symptoms. That’s why it’s essential to take care of your sight by having your eyes tested.
‘The technology we have allows us to take a detailed picture of the back of the eye which allows us to closely monitor our customers’ eye health. We are able to see more readily how things are changing and allow us to treat any problems at the first opportunity.
‘As well as an eye check every two years, there’s a number of things you can do to maintain good eye health including wearing sunglasses to avoid ultraviolet radiation, eating a healthy diet and keeping hydrated, and having periodic rests if you regularly use computer monitors.’