Carshalton and Wallington MP urges local residents to look after their sight

October 1, 2012 5:12 PM

Local MP Tom Brake has visited the Royal National Institute of Blind People's futuristic sight loss simulator to experience at first hand common sight conditions and find out how he can work with RNIB to reduce the risk of sight loss for people in Carshalton and Wallington.

Using a specially designed simulator pod to illustrate common sight threatening eye conditions, RNIB highlighted the importance of regular eye tests, the need to detect and treat conditions that lead to sight loss at an early stage and how local authorities can make eye health a priority.

Currently there are almost two million people with sight loss in the UK and it is predicted that by 2050 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly four million. That could mean around 6,000 people in Carshalton and Wallington alone. However, up to 50 per cent of sight loss could be avoided if detected and treated early enough, so it is vital that eye health is made a priority.

Tom Brake MP said: "Many people take their sight for granted, and assume that sight loss is an inevitable consequence of ageing when it's not. In fact, up to 50 per cent of sight loss could be avoided and there are things people can do to protect their vision.

I urge people to have eye checks at least every two years, it is essential in detecting sight conditions at a stage at which they could be treated. "

For more information about the RNIB pod tour visit www.rnib.org.uk/campaigns

RNIB tips for healthy eyes

• Have a regular eye test at an optometrist's. Early detection means more chance of successful treatment.

• Don't smoke. Smoking greatly increases the risk of certain eye conditions.

• Eat healthily and keep trim. Include lots of green leafy vegetables in your diet to maintain eye health. Obesity is linked to diabetes and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

• Always wear sunglasses with a UV filter.

• Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris and fine particles. Tom at RNIB

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