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For eye care professionals

Get Involved in National Eye Health Week 2021

22 September 2021

#EyeWeek #VisionMatters
This week is National Eye Health Week, delivering the perfect opportunity to ensure that your practice is doing everything it can for your patients. Half of sight loss is avoidable, but many patients don’t recognise the red flags of vision conditions until it’s too late. In some cases, symptoms such as flashes or shadows are a sign that emergency medical attention is required, but around 43% of people are unaware that it’s a serious warning sign.
 
It’s important that your patients know that eye examinations are more than just a vision check, and can actually detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma or even diabetes. With that in mind, here are just some of the themes that make up this year’s National Eye Health Week and how you can get involved.
 

Children’s vision

 
Children may begin to experience vision problems when they reach school age, but they don’t always recognise that something has changed. Making sure parents understand the key signs of a potential vision problem could make a big difference, but it’s also important that the child feels at ease during the eye examination process.
 
Many of our optical instruments are designed to help you reach the final result faster, with enhanced comfort for the patient. We can also help you with a great range of lenses that will help with a variety of eye conditions, including myopia which is particularly common.
 

Being screen smart

 
Digital screens are everywhere, regardless of age or occupation. Prolonged screen use often results in eye fatigue, headaches and tension, leaving many of your patients feeling uncomfortable. It’s important that you’re able to offer the right products and support for those who use digital screens frequently for work or socialising.
 
Make sure your patients understand that regular breaks should be taken, and that wearing lenses optimised for screens could help to prevent vision problems. We have a number of lenses and also lens coatings that can help to look after vision health while using a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
 

Good vision for driving

 
Feeling confident behind the wheel is important all year around, but especially when the clocks change and the evenings become darker much quicker. Many patients often admit to feeling unsafe when driving in low light or in the dark, but with the right advice and support, this can become a thing of the past.
 
Make sure patients are wearing the right lenses for their vision needs, as well as any enhancements such as coatings to help reduce reflections on the road. It can also be helpful to remind patients of the legal driving requirements when it comes to their vision.
 
You can follow National Eye Health Week on social media, and discover more by using the hashtags #EyeWeek and #VisionMatters.
 

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