Research shows that eyesight is the sense people fear losing the most. However, in the UK, half of sight loss is avoidable. Aiming to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all, this year's National Eye Health Week (NEHW) starts today and runs until 30 September. Organised by Eye Health UK, NEHW promotes a range of nationwide events and online resources supported by many high street opticians, educational bodies, trade associations and a host of dedicated eye charities including Fight for Sight and the RNIB.
Honouring our ethos that ‘People’s sight matters’, Moorfields is using the week to promote seven simple steps that encourage everyday discussion and good practice around eye health. With optometrists recommending that most people have an eye test every two years, behavioural change in the interim can help offset sight problems. Among other things, Moorfields is encouraging people to look for a UV 400 mark when purchasing sunglasses to ensure they are protected from harmful UVA rays. Likewise, smokers are reminded that they are up to four times more likely to develop macular degeneration.
Speaking on the focus of these messages, Tina Nemeth, outpatient matron at Moorfields Eye Hospital in City Road, said:
“At Moorfields, one of our primary aims is to pioneer patient-centred care. National Eye Health Week allows us to refine our focus to encourage our patients and the general public to maintain good eye health on a daily basis. Many sight loss conditions can be prevented by positive lifestyle changes including maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and staying safe in the sun.”
There are currently over two million people in the UK living with sight loss, with the most common causes being age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
If you would like to book an eye appointment, contact your local GP or optician.
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