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Wiltshire Council’s vision to help people look after their eyes

Wiltshire Council’s vision to help people look after their eyes

People in Wiltshire are being reminded of the importance of looking after their eyes as part of an annual national campaign. Wiltshire Council is once again supporting National Eye Health Week, now in its seventh year, which takes place from 19 to 25 September. The council is joining eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all. Regular sight tests are essential for maintaining healthy eyes, and most people should have a sight test once every two years. During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected. To arrange a sight test, people can contact their local optician for individual advice and to make an appointment. Many people are entitled to an NHS sight test for which there is no charge. Children aged 16 years and under qualify for free sight tests as well as those aged 19 years and under who are in full time education. There are a number of ways people can look after their eyes including: * Eating the right food such as oily fish, broccoli and eggs * Regular exercise * Not drinking excessive amounts of alcohol * Not smoking * Protecting them from the sun Working in partnership with Wiltshire Sight, Healthwatch Wiltshire, SENSE, RNIB and Specsavers, Wiltshire Council will be running an information stand to provide advice and support to people at Trowbridge Market on 21 September and in Chippenham town centre on 23 September, and everyone is welcome to drop by. Wiltshire Council cabinet member with responsibility for public health, Jerry Wickham said: “We can’t underestimate the importance of looking after our eyes. We hope this awareness week encourages people to get their sight test booked that they’ve perhaps been putting off and get support if there are any issues that need to be dealt with.” For more information about eye health people should visit www.visionmatters.org.uk or follow @myvisionmatters on Twitter.


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