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Older people risk loss of sight

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Six million people are risking their sight by not going for regular eye tests, experts have said.

According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), many conditions can be prevented or treated if diagnosed early, but 47 per cent of over-60s still fail to have regular check-ups.

The RNIB pointed out that eye tests can detect easily-treatable conditions such as cataracts, which can be rectified with simple eye surgery.

In addition, the RNIB has published a new report which reveals that more than two million people in the UK are at risk of needlessly losing their sight.

For example, 1.9 million people with diabetes do not have regular eye tests, despite the fact that their sight is at risk.

Head of campaigns Steve Winyard commented: "Ignorance is quietly robbing people of their sight every day. Unless action is taken now, thousands of people in the UK will this year needlessly lose their sight from conditions that could be treated if caught early."

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Care of the elderly news : 17/09//2007
 
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