Those working in the optical health care sector need to stress the importance of going for regular exe tests, according to an expert.
David Scott-Ralphs, chairman of National Eye Health Week, said that it needs to be made clearer to people that they should be going for an eye examination at least once every two years.
"It is the responsibility of everybody working in the vision sector - professionals, services, and optical companies - to bang the drum and raise awareness," he added.
Mr Scott-Ralphs went on to say that glaucoma is one of the most common eye complaints that people need to look out for, but that this can be detected during eye exams, as can diabetes and hypertonia.
According to the NHS, those with type 2 diabetes should have their eyes tested at least once a year to check for retinopathy - a condition where the small blood vessels in the eye become damaged.
by Alexa Kaczka