With a staggering 1.8 million people in the UK living with sight loss, the Specsavers team in Blackpool has joined forces with the town’s mayor to highlight the importance of regular eye examinations this National Eye Health Week (22-29 September).
On Monday, 15 September, Specsavers in Blackpool welcomed the Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Val Haynes, into the store for an eye examination in a bid to encourage people in Blackpool to do the same.
The importance of eye health
The Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Val Haynes, said, ‘I am delighted to be visiting the Blackpool Specsavers store to help highlight the importance of eye health.
‘We often take our eyesight for granted, but looking after our eyes is so important as changes to our vision can be very gradual, and someone may only notice a problem once serious damage has already been done.’
Preventable sight loss
Statistics show that of the 1.8 million people in the UK suffering from sight loss over 50% of these cases could be prevented by proper eyecare and regular examinations.*
Craig McGill, store director at the Blackpool Specsavers store said, ‘This National Eye Health Week we wanted to raise awareness of how following some very simple steps, like booking an eye examination, can help to keep your eyes healthy.
‘Experts suggest that the number of people in the UK with sight loss is set to double to four million by 2050 *. These are worrying statistics but by adopting a healthy lifestyle and by having regular eye examinations people can dramatically reduce this risk.
The Mayor's support for vision care
‘To kick off the fifth National Eye Health Week we were honoured to welcome the Mayor of Blackpool in to store for a routine eye examination. Together, we aim to remind people how important their vision is, and highlight the simple measures people can take to prevent sight loss.’
Staff at Specsavers in Blackpool were also on hand to offer customers general advice about their eye health.
Eye examinations can easily detect common sight conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts as well as more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and can even recognise someone at risk of stroke. If caught early these conditions can be treated and managed.