By 2050 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly four million, yet one in ten of us have never had an eye test. With 50 percent of vision loss avoidable, this report explores how tests play a major role in detecting and preventing common eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts, as well as health problems like diabetes and high cholesterol. It also highlights key technological developments transforming the optometry profession and the impact of smoking, diet and UV rays on sight.

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In this report

  • Vision…Taken Seriously

    National Eye Health Week, from September 22 to 28, is when the UK eyecare community promotes the importance of eye tests and looking after your eyes as a key part of general health, writes Lilian Anekwe

  • Campaigning to protect the UK’s eye health

    Our eye health is deteriorating. Every day 100 people in the UK start to lose their sight and experts predict this figure will rise over the coming years, despite the fact that half of all sight loss is avoidable. So what can be done? David Cartwright, chairman of National Eye Health Week, explains how the campaign aims to help Britain see better

  • Q&A: The need for eye tests

    Eye tests are not just about improving vision, but also a barometer for overall health. Yvonne Gordon asks optometrist Omar Hassan about maintaining eye health, and the role of eye tests in detecting and preventing disease

  • Future vision of technology

    With increasingly sophisticated technologies, eyecare professionals have never been better placed to offer the highest standards in eye healthcare, as Nicky Collinson reports

  • Making it easier to look after your sight

    This week is National Eye Health Week when eyecare charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK join together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests and eye health checks