People could be missing out on vital eye care

PUBLISHED: 15:06 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 August 2013

Honiton MP Neil Parish has his eyes checked out.

Honiton MP Neil Parish has his eyes checked out.


Local MP calls for the community to check their eyes.

A Honiton MP is calling on his constituents to take eye tests as figures released show that two million UK residents are living with sight loss.

Neil Parish heard that people could be missing out on vital eye care after visiting Specsavers in Honiton.

However, early detection through regular eye tests is a simple and practical way to maintain good eye health and look after your eyes.

Local Optometrist, Nicola Burke examined Neil Parish’ eyes and explained the health benefits of regular eye tests.

“Vision plays a vital role in all our lives, yet it can be taken for granted,” she said.

“By 2020, it is estimated that 2.23 million UK residents will be coping with some form of sight loss.

“80 per cent of which occurs within our over 60 age group and currently, only 43 per cent of Devon’s over 60’s are making use of their free sight tests.

“Additionally, almost half of age related sight loss is avoidable if treatment is received within the early stages.”

Commenting on his visit, Mr Parish said, “Early intervention is vital if we are to stop preventable sight-loss from blighting the lives of thousands unnecessarily.

“I was delighted to have met Nicola and the team here in Honiton, who are helping people have healthier eyes for longer.”

Many groups of people are entitled to free NHS sight tests, including those aged 60 and over, all children aged 16 and under and those on low incomes.

Optical practices are convenient and offer easy access in the local community and you can visit any practice that is either near where you live or where you work.

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

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