11th October marks World Sight Day. Across the world there are 253 million people living with a visual impairment. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness wants to draw attention to eye care issues so that everyone, everywhere has access to good eye health. They say the first step is to plan your eye test and ensure vulnerable groups are getting eye tests too.
Some Facts from the RNIB:
One in five people aged 75 and over are living with sight loss
One in two people aged 90 and over are living with sight loss
Of the 1.5 million people in the UK who are known to have a learning disability, at least one in ten has significant sight loss
If we can encourage everyone to get an eye test we could help to reduce the amount of sight loss in the world. Over fifty percent of sight loss is avoidable. You should get an eye test at least every two years, more often if you have a history of Glaucoma, Diabetes or a history of Eye Disease.