Neil Parish, visited Bill Opticians in his constituency on Friday 6 th May to learn why regular sight tests are so important in preventing blindness, and to meet with the Devon Local Optical Committee, to find out more about the greater role community optometry can play in delivering eye care.
Over 1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this figure is set to increase by 115% to nearly 4 million people by 2050, largely due to the ageing population (1). Much of this is preventable through the early detection and treatment of eye problems. Regular sight tests are a simple and practical way to maintain good eye health and look after your eyes.
“It was a pleasure to meet Charles Bill at Bill Opticians on Friday to see the fantastic work they do in treating eye conditions and promoting good eye care. Around 7/10 people in the UK wear corrective eye wear or have had laser eye surgery, so many of us rely on quality and well-trained opticians. “As with all health conditions, early diagnosis is the key to good eye health."
"I pay tribute to the work of practices like Bill Opticians in raising awareness of the symptoms of eye problems like macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma and providing testing, treatment and preventative measures for these problems. “I encourage anyone who has any concerns about their eyesight to visit an opticians. We can’t leave anything to chance when it comes to the health of our eyes”.