The third National Eye Health Week takes place between the 17th and the 23rd of September 2012 and is an annual awareness week that brings together eyecare charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK to raise awareness of the importance of good eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.  Around 1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss yet for 53% of these, a simple sight test and new spectacles could really help. 
 
Angus MacDonald MSP said:
 
“This is an important week to raise awareness of eye health.  Many people dread the thought of losing their sight but few of us think about what we can do to keep our eyes healthy.  One of the most important steps you can take to protect your sight is to get your eyes checked regularly.


“A sight test is not just to check whether you need to wear glasses it is actually a window into your overall health.  An eye check can detect eye conditions which have no symptoms and other conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
 
"Other ways to keep your eyes healthy include quitting smoking, protecting your eyes from the sun by wearing CE marked sunglasses and eating a diet full of dark green leafy vegetables and oily fish such as salmon."
 
Notes:
Research by the College of Optometrists released today reveals around five million people in the UK can’t remember or believe it’s been more than 10 years since they had an eye exam, despite the fact more than two thirds (66%) of the population recognise that you can have a serious eye problem without realising it as there may not be any symptoms.
 
The College of Optometrists has joined forces with the organisers of National Eye Health Week to urge people to treat their eye health just as seriously as they would other parts of the body.