Posted on 22nd September 2017
As part of National Eye Health Week, we are highlighting key eye care advice for various groups. Today we’re sharing Vision Matters’ advice on the ageing eye, sight after sixty.
Our visual acuity steadily declines and our risk of developing a sight threatening eye condition increases as we age.
This is due to a number of factors including:
And regular sight tests are vital ensure we maintain healthy vision. By the time we reach our 60s over 96 per cent of us will require some form of vision correction.
In addition to conditions such as long- and short-sightedness there are a number of eye conditions that are age-related. These include:
Poor uncorrected vision can have a significant impact on our social and physical well-being however, more than four million OAPs miss out on vital eye tests every year*.
A simple eye test could help improve the quality of life for millions of pensioners.
It’s ecommended that over 60s have their eyes checked every two years and over 70s should have theirs checked annually, unless recommended otherwise by their optometrist.
For more advice about looking after your eyes visit www.visionmatters.org.uk
*Figure calculated using ONS population data, Sight Test Volume and Workforce Survey and GOS:Ophthalmic Statistics
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