Specsavers in Weymouth was delighted to welcome local Mayor, Councillor Jill Taylor to its store last month.

Promoting National Eye Health Week

The Mayor's visit followed National Eye Health Week in September that aims to put eye health top of the agenda.

Opitical director Stuart Totten said: 'Many of us are still not having the recommended two year eye examinations: in fact, a survey conducted by Specsavers and the Royal National Institute for the Blind shows that we put our boiler ahead of our vision.  As an optician, that's a scary statistic."

Why sights tests are paramount

Stuart explained to Councillor Jill Taylor how a sight test picks up issues with our overall health

Stuart added: 'Yes, an eye examination will check for changes in your vision but it can pick up early indicators of wider health issues.  We recently had a customer who visited us with some concerns and was then referred to hospital by a colleague. A brain tumour was diagnosed and then removed. 

'These cases are extremely rare but it is a stark reminder to us all that a sight test can reveal wider issues.'

Many sight loss conditions are preventable with early detection

Stuart also explained how a test can pick up preventable sight loss conditions. Stuart said: 'If caught early, half of sight loss conditions experienced can be prevented. If you or a family member hasn't seen us in a while, do pop by. We recommend children from three upwards have their 2 year check ups.'

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