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Millions putting eyesight at risk due to fear of costs

24th November 2008

Around 20 million people in the UK are putting their eyesight at risk by failing to have regular eye tests, a new study claims.

The main factor putting people off are the fear of the costs, including the potential price of lenses, frames and contacts, the Eyecare Trust claims.

Today’s study suggests that half of all parents in the UK do not take their children for regular tests and estimates one in five children have an undetected problem which, if not corrected, could led to poorer sight later in life.

Four million old age pensioners also miss out on free NHS sight tests every year, the organisation claims in its report to coincide with National Eye week, sponsored by Boots Opticians.

Iain Anderson, chairman of the Eyecare Trust, said: “Sight loss already costs the British economy £5.5 billion a year and with official estimates predicting that the number of people registered blind will double by 2030 it’s vital that we encourage more people have regular sight tests.”

In other news, current research has suggested that melatonin therapy may help treat uveitis, a common inflammatory eye disease.

Researchers found in an experimental model of uveitis that levels of two factors that contribute to inflammation, TNFa and NFKB, were reduced with the treatment.

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