September 22 marks the start of National Eye Health Awareness Week, and the Specsavers store in Coleraine is urging people to undergo a routine eye examination.
A sight test is a vital check on the health of the eyes and includes the detection of eye conditions. If found early, many of these conditions can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss.
A test can also detect other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Judith Ball, store director, Specsavers, Coleraine, says: “We at Coleraine Specsavers would encourage people of all ages to make sure that they have regular sight tests, to help maintain not only the health of their eyes, but their overall wellbeing too.”
Studies have also shown that what we eat can affect our vision.
Foods rich in antioxidants, such as leafy greens like kale and spinach, oily fish, and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables like corn, carrots and oranges, can all help prevent retinal damage.