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Raising awareness of how to prevent sight loss

Friday, July 1, 2011

MP for Sheffield Heeley, Meg Munn, joined eye health professionals and representatives of national sight loss charities in Parliament to help raise awareness of how to prevent sight loss. At least 50% of sight loss is avoidable if identified early enough.

 

A simple sight test offers the quickest and easiest way for all of us to check our eye health. It ensures our sight is not in danger from disease, which in their early stages may have no obvious symptoms.

 

The number of people with sight loss is expected to double to nearly 4 million over the coming decades unless action is taken to educate people on the importance of eye health. However, charities and professionals have expressed concern that eye health is not mentioned in the government’s Public Health White Paper, or the vast majority of local authority and NHS service delivery plans.

 

Meg commented:

 

"Sight loss affects two million people in the UK.  Unless we take action to prevent people from losing their sight we will be facing a public health crisis in a few years time. It is vital that Directors of Public Health include the eye health needs of local people into their plans.

 

During the National Eye Health Week I secured a parliamentary debate on eyesight testing requirements for drivers. I was disappointed with the response from the Minster on this issue, and I will continue to lobby the government regarding the importance of eye health in the UK."

 

David Scott-Ralphs, Chief Executive of SeeAbility and Chairman of National Eye Health Week says:

 

“National Eye Health Week is an opportunity to emphasise the need for everyone to have a regular sight test as a crucial part of their healthcare routine. But it is also an opportunity to look at national and local policies to ensure that eye health gets the attention it deserves. I would like to thank Meg for joining with us and taking action to ensure that more people are aware just how much their vision matters and that we ensure that people do not lose their sight unnecessarily.”                      

                                                                                   

The National Eye Health Week website (www.visionmatters.org.uk) features lifestyle and health advice, including tips on how to look after your eyes and what to expect as part of a sight test. It also provides information on who is entitled to a free sight test and assistance with the cost of glasses or contact lenses. 

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Meg with David Scott-Ralphs

Meg with David Scott-Ralphs


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