National Eye Health Week 2013

5 November 2013 13:25

This year National Eye Health Week is being organised between 16-22 September.

According to research by the RNIB, in the UK four persons every hour start to lose their eyesight.  Over 53 per cent of sight loss in the UK is however avoidable, given the necessary precautions are taken.

What National Eye Health Week is about

This year National Eye Health Week is being organised between 16-22 September.  It is an opportunity for eye health charities and health professionals to come together and raise awareness about eye health and vision.

In 2012, more than 500 organisations, patient groups, charities and health professionals came together to support the campaign.  Celebrity supporters included Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and actress Dame Judi Dench.

How you can protect your sight

  • Take a sight test: Sight tests can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough;

  • Wear adequate eye protection: Always wear sunglasses in bright sunlight;

  • Exercise and maintain a healthy diet.

Additional tips can be found on the National Health Week website.

How to become a member of Blind Veterans UK

At Blind Veterans UK, we have the welfare of blind and visually-impaired veterans at heart.

It does not matter how or when you lost your eye-sight, as long as you have served National Service or served in the military.  Many of our members have lost their eyesight due to illness or old age.

We take pride in providing the best support for our members battling sight loss.  We provide support to the members' families too.

Membership with Blind Veterans UK is free and for life, so we will be there for as long as necessary.

We operate three centres, in Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield.  Members are supported while they learn new skills, relax in a welcoming yet stimulating environment and enjoy the company of other members.

If you know someone who you think may be eligible for support

If you have a relative or friend who served in the military or did National Service and who is losing their eyesight, we can help.

It is estimated that there are up to 68,000 people who may be eligible for our services but either have not heard about us, or do not know they are eligible.

Your first stop should be the Resources section for Families and carers.  When you get in touch, our dedicated Membership team will answer your query and provide you with any other necessary information.

A special mention of age-related macular degeneration

There are various conditions that may result in visual-impairment or sight loss.  Especially with people aged 50 and over, one such condition is age-related macular degeneration.

According to the NHS, age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of visual impairment in the UK, with 462,000 people experiencing some degree of AMD.

Although painless, macular degeneration makes it harder to read and recognise faces.

The photo below shows the sight loss experienced by a person with macular degeneration.

More information can be found on the NHS website.