Regular eye checks "can avoid blindness"

Regular eye checks "can avoid blindness"

By Alexa Kaczka

Two major vision organisations are calling on people to undergo eye tests more regularly in order to avoid the risk of eye problems and help to combat the onset of blindness.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Action for Blind People are supporting the Great Big Eye Check, which persuades people to pay regular visits to their opticians in order to have their vision checked out.

It is hoped that the change in terminology from eye 'test' to eye 'check' will illustrate to people that the strength of their sight is not the only thing being monitored during a visit to the optician or optometrist.

In addition, the eyecare professional can identify any potential eye problems that are developing and help to nip them in the bud before they worsen.

Optometrist Sonal Rughani, RNIB's eye health development adviser, told the Daily Record that any scheme promoting healthy vision is worth backing.

"RNIB and Action for Blind People support any initiative that encourages people to get their eyes checked and highlights where to find additional advice and support," she explained.

"It's a sad fact that 100 people in the UK start to lose their sight every day. Many people lose their sight because early signs of eye disease go undetected."

It comes after recent research revealed that almost a fifth of people in Scotland said they would be more inclined to have their sight checked regularly if the examination was called an eye check instead of an eye test.

Additionally, although 50 per cent of all cases of sight loss can be avoided, some eight in ten Scots are unaware of this fact.

Over half of survey respondents were also unaware of the fact that an eye test can detect diabetes, with 25 per cent not knowing it could identify glaucoma.

by Alexa Kaczka

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