World Sight Day (WSD) 2016 takes place on the 13th October. The purpose of this event, which is held annually on the second Thursday in October, is to focus worldwide attention on blindness and vision impairment, raising awareness of the importance of regular sight tests.

Blindness and vision impairment is a big problem throughout the world and it’s estimated that around 285 million people live with poor vision and blindness. Of this figure, 39 million people are blind, with 246 million people suffering with moderate to severe visual impairment. Whilst as many as 90% of blind people live in low income countries, in 80% of cases, visual impairment is either treatable or preventable.

At Dominic Tunnell Opticians, we provide expert services in eye examinations, spectacles, contact lenses and sunglasses. We’re committed to providing a bespoke service to make sure that you always get the best possible eye care to suit you. We usually recommend that you visit us at least once every two years to check your eyesight and general eye health, however, in some cases, we may recommend that you visit an optician on a more regular basis.

Whilst not all eye diseases can be prevented, there are a lot of simple measures that you can take to help improve your eye health and reduce the risk of losing your vision:

Get your eyes tested as regularly as recommended by your optician

It’s important to visit your optician for an eye examination including retinal photos, field screening and glaucoma screening. Based on your results, your optician will prescribe the recommended interval until your next exam. If you have certain symptoms, or if you have a family history of eye disease or other illnesses that can affect sight, it’s likely that you will be asked to attend eye examinations on a more regular basis.

Wear sunglasses

On bright days, it’s important to wear sunglasses that provide complete protection from UV rays. Direct sunlight can result in damage to the retina, leading to the development of cataracts. As well as the eye itself, sunglasses also protect the sensitive skin of the eyelids and help to reduce the risk of skin cancer around the eye.

Be aware of your family history

Many eye diseases run in the family, so it’s important to be aware of any history of eye disease in your family as there may be steps you can take to reduce your risk vision loss.

Early intervention

A lot of serious eye conditions are more successfully and easily treated if they are diagnosed early. This is why it’s important to see your optician as often as is recommended; if you find that you are having problems with your sight in between examinations, you should call to make an appointment as some eye diseases can cause serious vision loss or even blindness if untreated.

Avoid eye fatigue

If you work at a computer or do close work, you should always make sure you give your eyes a rest throughout the day. The 20-20- 20 rule is a good way to prevent your eyes from getting too fatigued – simply look up from your work every 20 minutes and focus on an item 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

To book an eye examination, call Dominic Tunnell Opticians today on 01905 613020.