Andrew Gwynne MP visited Dixon Optometrists in Reddish to find out why regular eye tests are so important in preventing blindness.

1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this figure is set to increase by 115% to nearly 4 million people by 2050, largely due to the ageing population (1). Much of this is preventable through the early detection and treatment of eye problems. Regular eye tests are a simple and practical way to maintain good eye health and look after your eyes.

Senior Optometrist, Dharmesh Patel, explained the health benefits of regular eye tests:

“An eye examination is not just a check to see whether you need glasses or not, but is also a means of ensuring your eyes are healthy. An eye examination can pick up other health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes so they are an important health check for everyone. Many eye conditions such as glaucoma are manageable and in many cases sight loss can be prevented if they are detected early enough.”

Commenting on his visit Andrew Gwynne said:

 “I would encourage everyone to have a regular eye test. It’s hugely important and can be a way of identifying health problems like Diabetes at an early opportunity. Everyone should take the time to make a visit to their optician.”

Many groups of people are entitled to free NHS sight tests. These include those aged 60 and over, all children under 16 and those on low incomes. Optical practices are convenient and offer easy access in the local community. You can visit any practice that is either near where you live or where you work.

Optical practices can see NHS patients at times that suit them.

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