Today (Thursday 12th October) is World Sight Day. World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Around 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Preventable causes are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden (Statistics taken from The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness )

In the UK more than two million people are living with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily life. It is expected by 2050 that this will have risen to 4.1 million.

It is important to get your eyes checked at least once every two years. An eye test is not only a sight test but an essential health check. An eye helath check can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms. If caught early enough some of these can be prevented.

Find out if you are entitled to a free eye test on the NHS webite.