This week is National Eye Health Week which aims to promote the importance of regular sight tests and looking after our eyes. Each day, the organisers Vision Matters will focus on an area of eye health, so watch out for coverage in the media or your local opticians.

Their message is simple, ‘Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes. National Eye Health Week aims to change all that.’

James our optician is participating in radio discussions talking about the results of a recent survey of 1,000 people in the UK (conducted on our behalf by an independent company – mixed age, gender, background and location) that showed:
• 69% worry about their sight deteriorating with age
• 16% do not do anything to preserve their eye health
• Less than half consider a healthy diet important to eye health.

The week is planned as follows;
• Monday 22 September – General Eye Health
• Tuesday 23 September – Women’s Eye Health
• Wednesday 24 September – Sight after Sixty
• Thursday 25 September – Sports Vision
• Fr-eye-day 26 September will focus on Eye Research
• Saturday 27 September – Nutrition and the Eye
• Sunday 28 September will concentrate on the link between Smoking and Sight loss.

Throughout September, Fight for Sight hold their annual Carrots Nightwalks to raise funds for eye research. They endeavour to turn the cities of London, Bristol and Birmingham orange as their supporters dress up and walk the cities at night.

James and Michelle our pharmacist are featured in the official magazine for National Eye Health Week – Vista. James gives nutritional advice for healthy eyes and explains the latest research into macular degeneration. Michelle explains the causes of sensitive eyes, what ingredients to avoid and how Eye Care Cosmetics can help. The magazine is full of advice from experts and case studies regarding all aspects of eye health, so well worth a read by following the link.

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