Staff at Specsavers in Warrington have joined forces with the town's mayor to highlight the importance of regular eye examinations this National Eye Health Week.

Mayor undergoes eye examination

On Friday 26 September, the Specsavers team welcomed the Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Ted Finnegan, into the store for an eye examination in a bid to encourage people in the town to do the same.

The Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Ted Finnegan, said, ‘I am delighted to be visiting the Warrington 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 we don’t always notice them. Regular check-ups mean that any issues can be spotted early on and treated before they could develop into serious problems.'

1.8 million people suffer from sight loss

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.*

Geoff Smith, store director at Specsavers in Warrington 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.

Importance of regular eye examinations

‘To kick off the fifth National Eye Health Week we are honoured to welcome the Mayor of Warrington 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 Warrington will 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.

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