Are you looking after your eyes?

eye health week

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Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, but do you know the best way to look after your eyes?

Last year there were around 12,440 people living in Kirklees with sight loss, for 12% of them it is classed as severe sight loss (blindness).

This is why your council is joining forces with health organisations and charities to promote National Eye Health Week, which is 19-25 Sept 2016. Amongst other things, we’re promoting the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests. When did you last have an eye test?

To get you thinking about your eyes and encourage you to book a test if you’re due one, we’re sharing 6 things you might know know about eyes:

  1. Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct successfully.
  1. Using old mascara can cause eye infections and conjunctivitis. Change it every 3 months to stop dirt and bacteria can build up.
  1. Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.
  1. Are you the type of person who can’t look someone in the eyes? Well, you might be suffering from ommatophobia; the fear of eyes.
  1. We blink around 15-20 times per minute, which equates to about 1,200 times per hour and around 28,000 times per day. Some research suggests we blink to give the brain a breather; it’s a very brief moment of relaxation for our minds.
  1. 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.

When did you last have an eye test? What about your children, partner or parents? When was their last eye test? If it was over two year ago book one today!  You can find your nearest optician here: http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search

A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough

During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.

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