Having good eyesight is the key to both physical and emotional wellbeing, according to one expert.
People"s ability to see the world around them and appreciate it not only contributes towards their mental state, but can ensure they do not suffer accidents, said Rosie Gavzey, director of the Eyecare Trust.
She pointed to a recent study carried out by her organisation which found that vision quality is a determining factor in whether people have good quality of life.
She elaborated: "It found that one in three pensioners who failed to have regular eye examinations feel depressed and vulnerable as a result of the quality of their vision and a quarter believe their poor vision restricts their daily routine."
Recently, Scottish pensioner Rose Forrest, from Wishaw, said her quality of eyesight is down to the work of her local optometrist, who spotted that she had the early signs of glaucoma earlier this year and was able to treat the condition before it progressed.
by Adrian Galbreth