Specsavers in Camberley was honoured to invite Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Valerie White to the store recently to highlight the importance of regular eye examinations.

Why regular sight tests are paramount

Many of us take our eyesight for granted, but the necessity of regular eye examaniations is important as changes to vision can be very gradual and as such, we may oversee the problem until serious damage has already occurred.

Statistics have shown that of the 1.8 million people in the UK suffering from sight loss over 50% of these cases could have been prevented by regular examinations. Some experts have suggested that the number of people in the UK with sight loss could 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.

A word from Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Valerie White

’Staff at Specsavers in Camberley were on hand to offer customers general advice about their eye health during National Eye Health Week that ran in September.

'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."

A word from the store director

Paul is also keen to remind customers that good vision is important ahead of another awareness week - Road Safety Week. He said: 'Now that the clocks have gone back, night-time driving really should be a trigger for us all to ensure our vision is as it should be. Every day, before getting behind the wheel, you need to ask yourself if your vision satisfactory.

'Remember to wear your prescription lenses and contact lenses as required, and if you haven't had a sight test in two years, we are urging all drivers to please make it a priority this winter.'

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