By Alexa Kaczka
The number of people in Scotland having regular eye tests has increase considerably in the last three years, the latest figures suggest.
Research published by the Scottish government show that its plan to provide greater access to free eyecare in the country has proved successful, with a significant uptake of appointments.
The data reveals that, since 2006, at least a third of the country's population has had an eye examination.
Overall, the proportion of the population which underwent an eye test stood at 31.5 per cent in 2008, but this rose to 33.4 per cent in 2009 and to 34.2 per cent in 2010.
Dr Alexandros Zangelidis, who is leading a study at the University of Aberdeen into the effects of the policy, commented: "These statistics point to some interesting changes in the demand for eye tests after the policy was introduced in Scotland."
According to Keith Tempany, an independent contact lens specialist, eye check-ups can help to identify a range of problems and give people peace of mind that their vision is in good working order.
by Martin Burns