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

Local survey
The research, commissioned by Specsavers, asked more than 2,000 adults to rank their favourite visions across the country, and those in Nottingham picked Chatsworth House as their favourite. Following closely behind was Windermere in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads showing that favourite visions in are not necessarily where we live.

As well as top UK destinations, the survey highlighted other sights that those in Nottingham 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, 29% say they don’t get their eyes checked often enough with most saying that’s because it’s too expensive.

Importance of regular sight tests
There are an estimated 7,210 people living with sight loss in Nottingham. Half of sight loss is avoidable, and the survey aims to highlight the importance of our vision and why we shouldn’t take it for granted. That’s why this National Eye Health Week, Specsavers in Nottingham is raising the importance of regular eye tests and is asking people to imagine what their life would be like with impaired vision.

A word from the store director
Nicole Thacker, store director at Specsavers Nottingham said: ‘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 29% 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, such as our optical coherence tomography (OCT) machine commonly found in hospitals, that looks 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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