With a staggering 1.8 million people in the UK living with sight loss, staff at Specsavers Leigh have joined forces with the town’s mayor to highlight the importance of regular eye examinations this National Eye Health Week (22-29 September).

On Friday 19 September the Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Phyll Cullen, was welcomed into the store for an eye examination in a bid to encourage people in Leigh to do the same.

The importance of eye health

Councillor Cullen said: ‘I am delighted to be visiting the Leigh 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.’

The Mayor was particularly keen to highlight the importance of routine children’s eye examinations, after her own son was found to have holes in the back of both of his eyes in 1995.

The personal impact of children's eye examinations

‘If it hadn’t been for a regular eye examination my son underwent aged 16, it is quite possible that he would have suffered a detached retina and eventually sight loss. Thankfully, early diagnosis meant he only required glasses quite recently in adulthood.’

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.*

Rumit Patel, store director at the Leigh Specsavers store said, ‘This National Eye Health Week we are raising awareness of how following some very simple steps, like booking an eye examination, can help to keep your eyes healthy.

Sight loss set to double

‘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.

‘To kick off the fifth National Eye Health Week we were honoured to welcome the Mayor of Wigan Borough 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 Leigh are 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.

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