16.10.2014

Eye tests "vital to health routines"

Eye tests "vital to health routines"

Eye tests are essential to people"s health routines and should not be ignored by those who do not wear glasses or contact lenses, it has been suggested.

Kate Fielding, director of communications and information for the General Optical Council (GOC), noted that eye examinations are not just to check if people need glasses or contact lenses to see long distances or read easily.

They can also help identify any underlying health problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, she explained, claiming that people should check their opticians are registered with the GOC.

"It"s important to know your optician is registered because only then can you be confident that the person looking after your eyes is properly trained," Ms Fielding advised.

Her comments follow recent research from Mintel that revealed that one in five Brits rarely or never has an eye examination.

Just under half respondents admitted they have not had an eye test in the last twelve months.

by Alexa Kaczka


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