Optical Confederation backs National Eye Health Week 2016

19 September 2016


The Optical Confederation is throwing its support behind National Eye Health Week (NEHW) 2016, highlighting the importance of taking care of your eyes and the need for regular sight tests for all.

More than a thousand events and activities are expected to take place next week (19 – 25 September) to raise awareness of eye health among the public and to offer eye care advice.

David Cartwright, Chair of National Eye Health Week said: “We want the whole sector to inspire people to take better care of their eye,  realise how important regular eye examinations are and how good vision correction enhances everyday lives.

Research released this week by the RNIB shows that more than 27 per cent of the public (14 million people) do not have regular sight tests. This includes people at risk of preventable sight loss, such as those with diabetes or a family history of glaucoma.

Chris Hunt, Optical Confederation Chair:“National Eye Health Week is one of the sector's great unsung successes with everyone working together to help the public and save sight.  We are also showcasing what community optical practices can do to deliver NHS eye health services out of hospital and closer to home.  Good luck to everyone who takes part.

Eye Health UK, which organises the awareness week, will be reminding the public about the importance of regular sight tests as part of a healthy lifestyle.

There will be a focus on a different theme each day of the Week. Daily topics will include: sight over sixty, smoking and sight loss, children’s vision and nutrition and the eye.

On Friday, members of the public are encouraged to close their eyes for sixty seconds as part of the ‘Big Blink’ campaign and share a picture of their eyes closed on social media using the hashtag #Big Blink