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The Importance of Eye Health

As a diabetic, eye health is something that is really important to me. Type 2 diabetes can have a detrimental effect on eye health and eyesight, which means that getting regular eye tests is not only vital to keeping my eyes in tip-tip condition but is also a requirement of me, as a driver. Vision Express has teamed up with Road Haulage Association (RHA) and road safety charity, Brake for Road Safety Week and have come up with the ‘EyeTestsSaveLives’ campaign to raise awareness of the fact that that 1 in 4 drivers are risking their licence by not going for regular eye tests. Take a look at the following video:

Now that we’ve moved out of town, I spend a LOT more time on the road, doing two 40-minute school runs each day, as well as taking Husband to the gym, Sausage to St. Johns Ambulance and all of the other various errands that I run in a week. It’s genuinely scary to think that there are other drivers on the road who cannot see well enough to remain safe. A lot of the roads around our village are completely unlit, which makes it even more dangerous if a drivers’ vision is impaired.

According to the research done by Brake:

· Five million drivers (14%) acknowledge driving with less than perfect vision

· Crash risk is proven to be heightened by poor vision

· Road crashes caused by poor driver vision are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties and cost £33 million in the UK per year

· One in five drivers has avoided visiting an optician, even when they’ve noticed a problem with their vision

· One in eight admitted to driving without their glasses or lenses in the past 12 months

The research also states that 4% – the equivalent of more than 1.5 million UK drivers, have confessed to never having their eyes tested.

What’s your opinion on all of this? Are you fastidious about your vision and eye health or are you one of the people who’ve avoided an eye test for years? Do you find it startling how many people there are on the roads who can’t see properly? Leave me a comment below to let me know.

International Women’s Day – Sightsavers

Because today is International Women’s Day I have a guest post from the charity Sightsavers for you all to read. 

Today is International Women’s Day. We’d like to celebrate a very special group of women, lady health workers, who, in developing countries, go door-to-door to provide access to free eye care services made available by us and our partners. These women work tirelessly to help prevent avoidable blindness, travelling to some of the poorest, hardest-to-reach neighborhoods, striving to improve the health of their community.

Case study – Jeba Ansari, Mumbai, India

Jeba a Young Muslim health worker shows the right way of wearing specs to one of the resident in Dharavi slums in Mumbai to find who has eye problem.

Hirabai Bayle, living in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India, shares a tiny home with her mother, teenage son and four sisters. Her husband left her and her son and now Hirabai earns £13 a month to support herself and her son, selling bananas and stitching gloves in a workshop. 20-year-old lady health worker, Jeba Ansari, visited Hirabai and diagnosed her as long sighted. By providing her with glasses, Jeba ensured that Hirabai could continue to work and remain financially independent.

Case study – Sarwar Kausar, Pakistan

Inspired by a need to support her community, Sarwar Kausar became a health worker after finishing school. In countries like Pakistan, many women must be chaperoned to appointments with male health workers, which can be hard to arrange. Thousands of women go without examinations, suffering from eye health problems like cataract and trachoma. Lady health workers can visit women at home when male family members are away, passing on key medical advice to prevent eye diseases and infections.

Case study – Samina, Karachi, Pakistan

Having trained as a doctor, 33-year-old, married Samina decided to become a lady health worker, and eventually trained to become a Lady Health Supervisor (LHS) in the Karachi district of Pakistan. One of around 100,000 lady health workers in Pakistan, Samina overcame prejudice from within her own village, as a women receiving professional training, and now continues to work hard to free her community of eye health problems.

Please visit the Sightsavers website to find out more about their work and to donate to the cause.