We have teamed up with RNIB Scotland and Forth Valley Sensory Centre for the #UrbanEyeTest which was launched on Monday 29th July in Falkirk town centre. Scottish Government advisers attended as well as John McNally MP and celebrity guest Barbara Bryceland from The Voice.
Thanks to funding from The Scottish Government’s See Hear Strategy, Falkirk is set to take the lead in helping people take care of their eyesight.
Vinyl panels which bear the legend “Can you tell the exact time on the clock?” have been placed at an optimum distance from The Steeple, an iconic Falkirk landmark.
Kirsty Butts and Mike Stewart from the Scottish Government attended the launch alongside local independent practitioner Richard Spruce, Emma Kellacher and Nicola McElvanney.
Anyone using the Urban Eye Test is encouraged to visit their optician for a NHS funded eye exam, especially if they are not able to clearly tell the time on the clock.
The good news is that in Scotland you can take advantage of the universally available NHS-funded eye examination.
Eye tests can detect eye disease and other serious health problems early. Having an eye test will not just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription – it’s also an important eye health check.
An eye test can detect early signs of eye disease such as glaucoma, cataracts or retinal problems. When found early these conditions can be treated and your sight can be safeguarded.
Other serious health problems can also be spotted early by an eye health check. These include diabetes, heart disease, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure.
Who needs a regular eye test?
You do! The NHS recommends that everyone has their eyes tested every two years. Remember that our eyes rarely hurt when there’s something wrong with them.
If you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma you should have your eyes checked every year.