Are you looking after your eyes?

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

We are promoting National Eye Health Week 2018

To make sure Kirklees residents and beyond know how to look after their eyes, and how to keep them looking the best they can, by understanding the need for regular sight tests – we are promoting National Eye Health Week, which starts on the 24 September until the 30 September 2018.

Six things you might not 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.
  2. Using old mascara can cause eye infections and conjunctivitis. Change it every 3 months to stop dirt and bacteria can build up.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.

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When did you last have an eye test?

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

More benefits of having an eye test

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.

Learn more on looking after your eyes

The NHS has some great tips on how to keep your eyes healthy, and why regular eye test are so important. Be sure to read their article to keep your eyes healthy this week, and throughout the rest of the year too.

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