Don’t let your health suffer as a result of the unstable economy - that is the warning from an
independent optician in Cleckheaton. Under the Eye Love My Local ndependent Optician campaign, Openshaw 0pticians is urging glasses and contact lens wearers not to endanger their
eye health by cutting back on optician appointments.
Health appointments are being cancelled and reduced in frequency as people slash their household budgets. However, healthcare professionals are advising people to keep up their regular biennium visits to the opticians and dentist so potentially worrying general health issues can be detected early and referred.
The Eye Love My Local Independent Optician campaign recently surveyed people across the UK to
understand what people think about the importance of their eye health. Despite national household budget cuts and cancelled appointments, the survey found that 75 per cent of people still value their eye sight over and above all other senses - over touch, taste, smell and hearing.
Steve Dando, a spokesperson for Openshaw Opticians, said: "In the current economic climate, it's understandable that people will be looking to save money. But without regular eye exams, patients could be putting their eye and general health at risk. It's essential that patients follow the advice of their eye care practitioner when it comes to regular check-ups.
"We know that many health issues can be detected during regular eye exams so early diagnosis
and treatment are critical. Ideally eye exams should be carried out every two years or more frequently if advised by an optometrist, however children, especially in the formative years, should be tested annually.”
To find out more about the Eye Love My Local Independent Optician campaign, visit www.eyelovelocal.co.uk to access tips and advice on taking care of your eyes and to locate your nearest independent optician.
*The survey of 3,000 people was commissioned by the Eye Love My Local Independent Optician
campaign, www.eyelovelocal.co.uk, and was conducted by One Poll.