1 in 5 people in Ireland have never had an eye exam

Research shows that sight is the sense people fear losing the most and yet most don’t consider an eye test to be a core part of their health routine.

21% of the population have never had a sight test at all, rising to 36% of those under the age of 35. 

Now, as part of Healthy Eyes Awareness Week 18 -24 January, eye health experts are urging people to take action and commit to having regular eye exams as part of a healthy lifestyle.

David Hewlett, Chief Executive of FODO Ireland said, “An eye exam is a vital health check which can detect a range of health conditions for which you experience no symptoms and where early detection can prevent sight loss.

“These conditions can only be prevented if they are detected early and the key to that are regular eye exams.”

Peter Coleman, Chief Executive of AOI said, “We want to remind people during the Healthy Eyes campaign that even if you think your eyesight is good, you only know for sure if you get your eyes tested regularly.”

Healthy Eyes Awareness Week is an opportunity for people to pledge their commitment to have an eye exam and encourages a positive attitude to all aspects of eye health.

As part of the campaign people are encouraged to take pictures of themselves holding the ‘eye pledge’ leaflet –  and share on social media using the hashtag #eyepledge.

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact Liz Broad, FODO Ireland Communications Officer elizabeth@fodo.com or Peter Coleman, Chief Executive of The Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) peter@aoi.ie