Local MP calls on constituents to look after their eyesight by having regular eye tests

November 13, 2012 3:35 PM

Local MP, Tom Brake visited Wallington Opticians on Friday 9th November to find out why regular eye tests are so important in preventing blindness.

1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this figure is set to increase by 115% to nearly 4 million people by 2050, largely due to the ageing population (1). Much of this is preventable through the early detection and treatment of eye problems. Regular eye tests are a simple and practical way to maintain good eye health and look after your eyes.

Senior Optometrist, Roop Maini, explained the health benefits of regular eye tests:

"An eye test is not just a check to see whether you need glasses or not, but is also a means of ensuring your eyes are healthy. An eye test can pick up other health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes so they are an important health check for everyone. Many eye conditions such as glaucoma are treatable and in many cases sight loss can be prevented if they are detected early enough. We are in exciting times where optometrists can use their core competencies and get involved into enhanced services ,thereby improving the quality of eyecare for local people"

Commenting on his visit Tom Brake MP said:

"I was able to see firsthand just how important a proper eye examination can be. It doesn't take much time at all, and it can bring to light many problems that contribute to poor vision. I encourage all people to have regular eye tests to maintain healthy sight."

Commenting on one of the enhanced services currently available in optical practices in Wallington, Cllr Sunita Gordon said

'I was most enthused to read of your glaucoma scheme, which is most impressive as it will not only be of benefit to the community, but could save the local PCT approximately £156,000.'

Local Consultant Dr Hyer noted:

'the involvement of optometry in enhanced services would be a great benefit for patients locally as well as saving the NHS money.'

Many groups of people are entitled to free NHS sight tests. These include those aged 60 and over, all children under 16 and those on low incomes. Optical practices are convenient and offer easy access in the local community. You can visit any practice that is either near where you live or where you work. Optical practices can see NHS patients at times that suit them.

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