17.06.2010

Eye Health Alliance supports continuation of free eye tests for elderly

Eye Health Alliance supports continuation of free eye tests for elderly

The Eye Health Alliance has welcomed a commitment in the coalition programme for government that pledges to continue offering free eye tests to the elderly.

It claims that regular eye examinations are "vital" to help people to guard against ocular diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

"Good eyesight is crucial to help older people maintain their independence, help them to remain in their own home for longer, improve their quality of life and reduce the risk of falls," a statement from the alliance said.

It went on to say that it is not just the elderly who should have their sight checked regularly, but people of all ages.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, those aged over 60 or under 16 are entitled to free NHS eye exams, whereas in Scotland everyone has this privilege.

Earlier this week, the Eye Health Alliance said that regular eye testing is "vital" to help people protect their sight and guard against ocular diseases.

By Alexa Kaczka

by Alexa Kaczka


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