Residents in the East Midlands have revealed their top sights across the UK in a new survey released for National Eye Health Week (23-29 September).

Favourite visions
The research, commissioned by Specsavers, asked more than 2000 adults to rank their favourite visions across the country, and those in the East Midlands picked Chatsworth House as their favourite. Following closely behind was Windermere in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales showing that favourite visions in the UK are not necessarily where people live.

As well as top UK destinations, the survey highlighted other sights that those in the East Midlands found amazing. These included the birth of a child and a perfect sunset.

Although almost all (98%) agree it is important to get their eyes checked, 26% say they don’t get their eyes checked often enough with most saying because it’s too expensive.

Avoidable sight loss
There are estimated to be 8,020 people living with sight loss in Leicester. Half of all sight loss is avoidable, and the survey aims to highlight the importance of our vision and why we should not take it for granted. That's why this National Eye Health Week, Specsavers in Leicester is raising the importance of regular eye tests, and asking people to imagine what life would be like with impaired vision.

A word from the store director
Baljit Kaur, store director at Specsavers Leicester, says: ‘Half of all sight loss is avoidable with early detection, but despite this, many people in the local area are not taking the necessary steps to put eye health at the top of their agenda. The research gathered today shows 26% are forgetting to have a check or simply aren’t making it a priority, but we’re aiming to change this.

‘Having your eyes tested doesn't 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, including our optical coherence tomography (OCT) machines commonly found in hospitals, that look at eye health in fantastic detail.’

Social filter
To help people imagine what their vision could look like through different eye conditions, Specsavers has also launched an augmented reality (AR) filter on social media. The filter, which is across both Specsavers’ Facebook and Instagram accounts, can be applied to users’ images, to give an impression of common eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataract.

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.

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