People need to get their eyes tested regularly to protect their eye health.

That is the message that has been put out this week during National Eye Health Week (September 19-25).

It comes as a new report, the Generation Eye Report, has found that almost 14 million people in the UK are putting their eyesight at risk by not having an eye test at least every two years, as recommended.

This is despite 55 per cent of people saying deteriorating vision is their biggest worry about getting older.

The research, based on a survey of more than 2000 UK adults commissioned by National Eye Health Week and Specsavers, investigated the value people place on their vision and the depth of knowledge about eye health in the UK.

The survey revealed 75 per cent of people had suffered from poor eye health in the last 12 months and more than one in five (22 per cent) said it had restricted or impaired their daily life.

National Eye Health Week Chair David Cartwright said the study had found that millions of people were totally in the dark when it came to eye health.

“National Eye Health Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all,” he said.

“An eye test at an opticians is quick and easy, and for a lot of people, including children and over-60s, is free on the NHS.”

He urged people to recognise that vision was both precious and fragile and the risks to it needed to be understood, accepted and addressed.

Participants playing sport at the Islington Health, Wellbeing and Fitness Day

Pic caption: Participants playing sport at the Islington Health, Wellbeing and Fitness Day

Thomas Pocklington Trust has been holding events as part of National Eye Health Week, including the Islington Health, Wellbeing and Fitness Day at London Metropolitan University.

Ten vision impaired people attended the event where they were able to try vision impaired sports and healthy activities for free.

TPT also held a launch event for Central West London Vision, which will act as a sign posting organisation for blind and partially sighted residents across Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster.

The event raised awareness of sight loss and how professionals can support people with sight loss, and demonstrated sports equipment, simulation spectacles and assistive technology.

For more information on National Eye Health Week, visit visionmatters.org.uk