Campaigning For a Right to Sight
There are approximately 285 million people worldwide who live with impaired vision and blindness, yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable through treatment and protective measures.
Vision 2020 aims to eliminate avoidable blindness and as part of this campaign they have organised World Sight Day on October 11th. World Sight Day is an international day of awareness, held annually to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
The leading causes of avoidable blindness are:
- Age Related Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
All of these conditions and many others can be easily identified with a complete eye test and early diagnosis is crucial to effective treatment and avoiding permanent vision loss.
World Sight Day 2012 will be marked in all Specsavers’ Opticas stores with eye health information available to take away and experts on hand to answer any questions. They are also offering free eye tests to encourage everyone to get their eyes tested.
As part of this awareness drive they are offering the following advice:
- Get your eyes tested regularly – every year for children, over 60s and people with family history of eye complaints and every two years for those with no issues
- Eat a healthy diet – A healthy and varied diet will safeguard your health and your eyes, but a diet full of the following foods has been shown to help reduce the occurrence of Age-related Macular Degeneration; chicken, saffron, dark green leafy vegetables, peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, pumpkin, yams, squash and sweet potatoes, apricots and citrus fruits, sardines and nuts.
- Know the signs – Being aware of the symptoms of these common conditions will help you identify them quickly.
- Take action – Don’t delay in seeking professional help if you do notice any changes, the quicker any condition is identified the easier it is to treat.
Visit www.specsavers.es for more advice and information about caring for your eyes and to find your nearest store.