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National Eye Health Week 20th-26th September 2021

Posted on 22nd September 2021


My Story- Elssa Keegan

Two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is sever enough to have a significant on their daily lives. 

National Eye Health Week promotes the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all. A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough. During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.

For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight. Read more at Vision Matters

My Story

Here is my cautionary tale. In September 2018 I had been in my garden painting a fence. The next morning I woke up and there was a smudge on my left eye.  Like I had something in it that wouldn’t clear.  Naturally I thought it was paint. After a whole week of the smudge annoying me I went to the opticians.  They did scans and told me that unfortunately I had had a small occlusion ( a blockage in the blood vessel leading to my retina). I went to the eye hospital and they said I had been lucky it had only affected a small part of my vision in that eye.  Then disaster! the blockage got bigger and I could see very little in my left eye. I have had fantastic treatment culminating in an operation. My vision is not completely returned but I can see.  Learn from me- get your eyes checked stop this happening to you.