One major eyecare organisation has advised people to do all they can to safeguard their vision in later life, including going for regular sight tests.
According to the College of Optometrists (COO), there is a significant amount of ignorance when it comes to older people"s right to have free eye tests, and this is leading to many people suffering falls and experiencing other vision-related problems.
Research by the organisation reveals that almost a third of people who care for over-60s are not aware that the elderly are entitled to a free NHS sight test.
In addition, half of carers are unaware that NHS sight tests can be performed at a person"s home if they are ill or disabled and therefore unable to leave the house.
It follows separate research released by the COO recently which showed that 36 per cent of carers have never heard of age-related macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of blindness in the western world.
by Martin Burns