Make having an eye test one of your New Year resolutions…it could save your sight!

Fifty per cent of sight loss in the UK is avoidable!

It’s easy to neglect your eyes because our eyes rarely hurt when something is wrong with them, so having regular eye tests is important to help detect potentially harmful conditions.

Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription – it’s also an important eye health check.

A sight test can detect any number of health problems, including diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, detached retinas, the eye cancer retinoblastoma and many others which may otherwise go undetected until it is too late.

Early detection of such conditions means early treatment, which in turn can lead to your sight being saved.

That’s why we are launching  ‘Seeing in the New Year Campaign’ to encourage people to make a New Year’s resolution for 2019 to have their eyes tested.

Devon in Sight Chief Executive Officer Grahame Flynn said, “This is the fifth year that we have run our ‘Seeing in the New Year Campaign’.

We would encourage people of all ages to see an Optician at least every two years. Even people with an existing problem should get their eyes tested regularly as conditions can get worse or new problems can develop. We at Devon in Sight are proud of the work we do with people who are blind or partially sighted, but, as they say, prevention is better than cure.”

New Year is also a good time to look at other ways to protect your sight by making a New Year’s Resolution. Smokers are much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, and cataracts than non-smokers. Heavy alcohol consumption may also increase the risk of developing early age-related macular degeneration. It is strongly recommended that you give up smoking and drink within the recommended limits

Devon in Sight provides FREE practical help and advice to people who are blind or partially sighted to help them live life to the full. The charity’s award winning Community Support Service aims to increase the independence, wellbeing and choice of people with sight loss across much of Devon.

Grahame added, “We are actively seeking new people to join our team of volunteers to support our staff in East Devon, Mid Devon, West Devon, and South Devon and Torbay. We would also love to hear from anyone who would like to fundraise for us too”.

To find out more about the charity and its work, call 01392 876 666, visit the website www.devoninsight.org.uk or email enquiries@devoninsight.org.uk