We are nearing the end of eye health week and I hope the information has been helpful so far. Going for an eye test is a funny thing because unless you feel your vision is not quite right then it simply doesn’t concern you. I for one used to be one of those people. When I was 11 I started to struggle with seeing the blackboard at school but still I just squinted my way through. It was a whole year before I finally gave up and told my mum I think I am going blind!

What I don’t understand is why is eye care any different to going to the dentist? I mean with the dentist even if you may not need any work but yet you would still go but where as with eyes if your vision is not 100% it doesn’t matter, we can just leave it until it gets REALLY bad. That is the wrong and a very bad attitude to have.

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Here are some facts you should know…

1) Around five million Brits can’t remember or believe it’s been more than 10 years since they had an eye exam!

2) Research shows people over 40 hadn’t been for a sight test in the last two years, more than one in ten (14%) hadn’t booked an appointment because they didn’t think it was necessary.

3) Many people often think a sight test is just to see if you need glasses but as a matter of fact it can also check for medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

4) If you are Asian, of Afro Caribbean descent or over 40 years old then you should go for a sight test at least every two years as they are more at risk of developing an eye disease.

5) This one is for all the smokers out there… Smoking is linked to blindness! Current smokers are four times more likely to develop macular degeneration – a progressive disease that can lead to significant sight loss.

So peeps, there we have it. To sum it all up basically what I am trying to say is get you eyes tested on a regular basis and don’t smoke- BADDDDD for you, not just your eyes but your general health too.

I would like to say a massive thank you to www.visionmatters.org.uk for all the facts and if you want to find out more then click on that link 🙂