Regular eye tests 'vital for protecting your sight'

17 September 2012

Members of the public are being urged to do more to take care of their eyes, following the release of worrying new research.

A survey carried out by the College of Optometrists revealed that almost one in ten people have not had an eye test in the past decade.

What's more, nine per cent of those polled for the study can not even recall the last time they had their eyes checked for any problems.

When questioned why they have delayed going for an eye test in so many years, many respondents stated that they did not find the procedure necessary for tending to their general health.

However, Francesca Marchetti, chair of National Eye Health Week, stated: "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."

Dr Susan Blakeney, clinical adviser at the College of Optometrists, added that while most people will get the all clear when going for an eye test, the procedure is "vital to maintain healthy eyes".

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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