In Focus: Time to boost public eye care knowledge

Lucy Patchett reports on the alarming findings behind National Eye Health Week’s latest report

Research has revealed that as many as three in four people do not understand the importance of routine eye tests for maintaining good eye health, with men and minority ethnic groups most likely to fall short on eye care check-ups.

Charities Eye Health UK and Thomas Pocklington Trust have commissioned the Eye Q Report as part of National Eye Health Week (NEHW) campaign efforts to spotlight the need for regular eye tests and raise concerns over lack of public awareness of eye care services.

David Cartwright, chair of Eye Health UK, said: ‘The Eye Q Report highlights a significant need to improve eye health equalities and for the generic promotion of eye care services that people can access on their high street. Improving public awareness of the community eye care offering will help improve the nation’s eye health and prevent avoidable sight loss.’

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