Asghar backs National Eye Health Week 2016

Mohammad Asghar AM has pledged his support for National Eye Health Week, which takes place 19 - 25 September 2016.

Mohammad Asghar said: “It gives me great pleasure to support National Eye Health week.”

“Our eyesight is precious and should be looked after. Also, regular eye tests can detect symptoms of other diseases so they are even more important.”

National Eye Health Week brings organisations and health professionals from across Wales and the UK together to raise awareness of the importance of good eye health and the need for regular sight tests.

Ceri Jackson, Director of RNIB Cymru and chair of the National Eye Health Week steering group in Wales, said:

“Every day in Wales nearly 3 people lose their sight but 50% of sight loss is avoidable with early detection and treatment. The most important thing people can do to look after their eyes is to go for regular sight tests.

“Research shows that more than 1 in 10 of us has never had our eyes tested. Sight is the sense that people fear losing most yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes. We want to change that.

“A regular sight test can help detect eye conditions before you notice the effect on your sight, including health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

“NHS eye tests are free for people aged 60+ years, for children, for those on income related benefit, and those at risk of eye disease because of a family history.

“Having a sight test with an optometrist at least once every two years should be part of everyone's health care routine.”

I’m delighted that Mohammad Asghar has pledged his support and hope that as many people as possible can join us during the week to raise awareness of this important campaign which will help stop people losing their sight unnecessarily.”