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Local GPs back sight-saving campaign

GPs are supporting this year’s National Eye Health Week (22 – 28 September 2014) and urging Kirklees residents to get their eyes tested.

Local health commissioners – NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – hope to educate members of the public on the benefits of a simple eye test. With nearly two million people living with sight loss across the UK and, of those, 53 per cent could be treated with a sight test or glasses1.

The CCG advise members of the public to visit their local optician at least every two years to ensure good eye health. Examinations will not only detect decreased visibility but can also diagnose underlying conditions, such as glaucoma, high blood pressure and diabetes or diabetic retinopathy.

Dr David Kelly, GP and Chair of North Kirklees CCG said: “Sight is the sense people fear losing the most and, as such, we hope to educate the public on the importance of eye care during National Eye Health Week.

“Many people think that a sight test is just about checking whether your vision needs correcting. However, a sight test is a vital check on the health of the eyes and includes the detection of conditions, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

“Many of these conditions, if found early, can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss.”

For more information about North Kirklees CCG visit www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk.

1. Statistic taken from www.visionmatters.org.uk

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