October is World Sight Day, and this year’s theme is #LoveYourEyes. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of the public health issues surrounding vision and eye health, especially if you are an eye care professional.
Nearly everyone around the world will experience an eye health issue in their lifetime, from myopia to glaucoma. However, not everyone is able to access the adequate eye care services to ensure they receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. This World Sight Day, it’s important to help your patients to remember to look after their eyes.
Eliminating avoidable blindness
In many cases, early detection and proper treatment of eye conditions can help to avoid blindness or long term visual impairment. In many countries around the world, people simply don’t have access to the right professional help to make this a reality. With that in mind, it’s important that your patients understand the importance of visiting their local optician regularly.
A patient’s eyes can be indicators of any changes in their wider health, not just eye health. This World Sight Day
, encourage your patients to pledge to have an eye test.
Eye health is important as it can impact education, employment, quality of life and more. With that in mind, healthy eyes are a key step to achieving Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN, with a target of achievement by 2030. You can do your part to help patients achieve good health and wellbeing when they walk through your door.
Help patients to achieve healthy eyes
As an eye care professional, you are in the best position to help patients understand the importance of healthy eyes through regular eye examinations. Do your part to help them understand the eye examination process and realise the value of regular check-ups.
It’s also key that your patients know when to make an appointment, for instance when they notice a change in vision or eye health. This could be a huge factor in receiving timely treatment that can make a big difference.
You can also ensure each patient receives the proper care by investing in advanced optical equipment
, including visual screening tools, diagnostic and imaging equipment and more. This can help you to enhance your eye care services through accurate measurements and detailed screening.
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