PENSIONERS are risking depression and bad falls simply by failing to care for ageing eyes.
National Eye Week began on Monday and pensioners are urged to have regular eye tests after the Eyecare Trust found that one in three OAPs who missed out on regular sight checks felt depressed and vulnerable.
A massive 96% of the population aged 60 plus require some form of vision correction. However, more than four million OAPs across the UK are missing out on vital NHS sight tests every year.
Fear of cost seems to be a major barrier to many older people caring for their eyes. But eye examinations for the over 60s have been free on the NHS since 1999. Vouchers to assist with the cost of spectacles or contact lenses are also available for people on low incomes and those requiring complex lenses.
Iain Anderson, chairman of the Eyecare Trust, comments: “Eating a healthy diet, stopping smoking, a new prescription and low vision aids are all simple ways in which people can help maintain and preserve their vision.”
For further information about eye care for the over 60s, see www.nationaleyeweek.co.uk