The West Midlands Local Eye Health Network has developed a new video, with the support of Eye Health UK, to help people look after their eyes.
Two million people in the UK are living with sight loss which is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Half of this sight loss is avoidable, yet millions of people are at risk of sight loss by failing to take care of their eyes. The video shows that simply attending an eye test every two years with a local optician can help spot a range of conditions, from deteriorating vision to glaucoma to diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension, leading causes of heart conditions and strokes.
The video also highlights the importance of stopping smoking, as this can cause to age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the UK, as well as eating healthy foods, exercising and protecting eyes from bright sunlight.
The video is being launched ahead of the start of National Eye Health Week on Monday 18 September, which promotes the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
To watch the video, click here.