September 17th 2020

National Eye Health Week 2020

National Eye Health Week 2020 takes place from 21-27 September. The annual awareness week aims to inspire and educate people on the importance of eye health.

Central to the week is the goal of both raising awareness of potential conditions is the goal of also raising awareness around the vital need for more investment in eye research.

Facts About Eye Health in the UK

  • 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Half of this sight loss is avoidable.
  • A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough
  • During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.
  • For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight.

It is expected that by 2050, the number of people living in the UK with sight loss will double.

National Eye Health Week aims to reverse this trend and educate the public as to the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular sight tests and empower the public to help stop this.

The official website of the week where you can find useful resources, tests and local activities to inspire and educate. For more information, visit www.visionmatters.org.uk

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