Newham

Newham leading the way in sight loss prevention

26 August 2014 in Health
Newham Council, together with a range of partners including, East London vision and health professionals from across the borough are joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
Over 50 per cent of sight loss can be avoided, and yet many don’t know the best way to look after their eyes. National Eye Health Week, which takes place from 22-28 September 2014 aims to change that by promoting the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
 
During the week, staff from Newham’s Information and Equipment Demonstration Area, based at Chargeable Lane Resource Centre, will be visiting libraries and venues across the borough. They will be promoting the best way to look after your eyes, the importance of regular eye tests, how good nutrition can support eye health, managing at home with sight loss and information about eye loss prevention and treatment.

The events are aimed at residents who want to find out more about maintaining good eye health, but also to residents who are partially sighted or blind.

The team will also be promoting local walking groups, Zumba and keep fit classes. Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Cllr Clive Furness said “We are happy to be working with our partners to support National Eye Health Week. Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss, yet over half of these cases could be avoided, so it is vital everyone takes care of their eyes.

“This is a great opportunity not only for people who want to know more about maintaining good eye health, it’s also great for residents who are partially sighted or blind who want to know more about managing at home with sight loss.

“It is important that people come together and raise awareness of the need to be proactive about their eye health in the same way as we would in relation to other health conditions.”