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Thousands at risk of losing their sight
5:00pm Saturday 20th October 2012 in News
CASTLE Point residents are being urged to look after their sight.
New figures, released through the House of Commons, reveal around 6,000 people in the borough could be at greater risk of losing their sight, as the number of people suffering sight loss in the UK looks set to double by 2050.
However, up to 50 per cent of sight loss problems could be avoided if detected and treated earlier.
Now Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point, is encouraging constituents to get their eyes tested more regularly after experiencing firsthand the effects of common sight conditions.
The Conservative parliamentarian visited the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s futuristic sight loss simulator to learn more about sight-threatening eye conditions and how local authorities can make eye health a priority for their residents.
Mrs Harris said: "It is vital that people do not take their sight for granted, because sight loss can be avoided if problems are detected early.
“Using the simulator to get an idea of the problems people with these common sight conditions face really emphasised the importance of people having eye checks at least every two years, so that any problems can be identified at a stage at which they can be treated."
Top tips for maintaining healthy eyes include regularly visiting an optometrist, not smoking, eating a healthy diet and wearing sunglasses with a UV filter.
For more information visit www.rnib.org.uk
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