About 2 million persons are living with severe sight loss in the UK, that can significantly impact their daily activities. Half of this population’s sight loss is avoidable.
Learning disabled adults are 10 times more likely to experience sight loss than the general population.
A sight test easily detects the early signs of eye conditions, which can be treated if found early. During any sight test, other health conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected.
To maintain healthy eyes, you should eat well, avoid smoking and wear eye protection during bright sunlight.
If you are learning disabled yourself, or a carer for someone who is, you can download their easy read resources and get lots of brilliant information from the Seeability website. Seeability provide specialist support, accommodation and eye care help if you are learning disabled, on the autism spectrum, or if you already have sight loss.
Diet is very important in maintaining healthy eyes. Here are a few foods recommended by eye doctors, also known as ophthalmologists.
- Broad leaf greens such as kale and spinach
- Brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, carrots, orange sweet peppers and oranges
- Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel
For more information on how to get involved National Eye Health Week, and brilliant eye care resources, visit the website: www.visionmatters.org.uk
Best start stocking up on carrots!