Rosie Cooper Labour MP for West Lancashire joined the RNIB in Parliament for the launch of their national eye health campaign ‘Open your Eyes’, which aims to cut the number of people who will unnecessarily lose their sight from treatable eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
RNIB estimate that if urgent action is not taken now, the number of people with sight loss could double by 2030, to four million people.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I support the RNIB’s call on government to raise awareness of the need for a regular eye test and will be working at local and national level to help them with the campaign. Many people believe that an eye test is just to see whether you need glasses, but it is more than this – it is an eye health check. Only two-thirds of the adult population have had an eye test within the past two years, the most common reason for not having a test being that people think they don’t have a problem with their eyes. But an eye test can identify eye disease well before we notice any change in our vision. By the time there are symptoms a great deal of useful vision will have been lost and may never be recovered. I would urge everyone in West Lancashire to get their eyes tested regularly.”
Steve Winyard, RNIB’s Head of Campaigns said:
“Ignorance is quietly robbing people of their sight every day. Unless action is taken now tens of thousands of people across the UK will this year needlessly lose their sight from conditions that could be treated if caught early. The Government needs to act now as the situation is going to get much worse with the explosion in the number of people with diabetes and the ageing of our population.”
“We want the Government to invest in a large-scale public eye health awareness campaign on the importance of regular eye-tests. Regular eye-tests are vital for everyone. An eye-test can save your sight.”