With a staggering 1.8 million people in the UK living with sight loss, Specsavers at Middlebrook Retail Park is joining forces with a local councillor to highlight the importance of regular eye examinations this National Eye Health Week (22-29 September).
Cllr Lynda Winrow-Baker visited Specsavers on Middlebrook Retail Park to receive an eye examination and meet experts in store to discuss eye health.
Cllr Lynda Winrow-Baker said: ‘It was a pleasure to visit Specsavers Middlebrook 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.’
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.*
Kevin Juste, store manager at the Middlebrook Specsavers store says, ‘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.
‘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 are honoured to welcome Cllr Lynda Winrow-Baker 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 stores at Middlebrook and in Bolton Town Centre will also be 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.