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Regular eye tests are important for all the family, young and old, because they can detect a range of health conditions before they become big issues. One in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable. Having an eye test can be the first step to saving your sight.

 RNIB’s free eye health guide offers seven tips for looking after your sight. In summary these tips are:

1.       Get a sight test

2.       Quit smoking

3.       Keep contact lenses clean

4.       Maintain a healthy weight by eating well and exercising [to help reduce risk of diabetes]

5.       Know your family history especially for glaucoma

6.       Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays

7.       Take a break from your screen to rest your eyes

There are more details in the RNIB’s free eye health guide.

 From Monday 18 to Sunday 24 September, charities, organisations and health professionals working in the sight loss sector will join together to raise awareness of eye health and the importance of having regular eye tests.

For more information, NHS Choices gives detailed advice on eye health  ranging from eye safety to caring for a black eye.