Optical Express Reminds Public of Importance of Eye Checks

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Following the October 2011 publication of WHO figures revealing the high levels of avoidable visual impairment, one of the UK's leading eye care experts is driving home the message about how important it is to get regular eye check-ups, reminding the UK public that in many cases, these check-ups are completely free.

In the wake of World Health Organisation estimates that more than 285 million people in the world are visually impaired, and that of those people, 39 million are blind, eye care expert Optical Express has reminded the UK public that it provides free eye examinations in Scotland and free examinations with a purchase in the rest of the UK and Ireland.

This means, as the professional eye care company points out, that there is no reason not to come for a regular check. Eye care checks may lead to eyesight being saved as a result of undiagnosed eye problems being picked up, and they also provide a valuable insight into people's overall health.

An incredible 80% of the world’s blindness is avoidable, and can either be treated or prevented by cost-effective means.

As a global leader in the world’s eye health care market, Optical Express is dedicated to promoting the importance of going for regular eye examinations, which can not only check eye health, but can also identify the early signs of eye disease and conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, or tumours.

A spokesman for the company commented:

"As a society, we go to the doctor when we're feeling out of sorts, so it makes perfect sense to book appointment with eye experts when your eyesight starts to give you trouble."

He added: "Almost half of all cases of blindness, around 18 million, are as a result of cataracts. The majority of these cases are age related and cannot be prevented; however, cataracts can be treated through a procedure called Natural Lens Replacement, now a very common treatment."

Optical Express is the only UK-wide provider to offer Lentis®MPlus - advanced technology premium lens for the treatment of long/short sightedness, presbyopia, astigmatism (corneal irregularity) and cataracts.

With Optical Express having performed more than one million corrective procedures globally and invested £1million plus in advanced technology in every one of its 100 clinics throughout the UK and Ireland, their customers can be confident that they are in the best possible hands.

Laser surgery and Natural Lens Replacement are both painless, simple and fast processes that have literally changed the lives of millions of people worldwide since being introduced.
The treatment for Natural Lens Replacement involves one of Optical Express’s team of highly qualified surgeons, who are all fully registered with the General Medical Council, replacing the impaired lens with Lentis®MPlus, providing perfect vision.

The procedure takes just 20 minutes under local anaesthetic, enabling the patient to walk out of the surgery and return to work a couple of days later.

Results depend on the individual and the overall health of their eyes, with many people noticing an immediate enhancement of their vision. This improvement continues during the first few weeks following treatment, and all patients receive a fully comprehensive aftercare programme.

Natural Lens Replacement is ideal for people over 40 who find their eyesight isn’t as sharp as it used to be, or for those who suffer from long or short-sightedness (hyperopia and myopia), astigmatism (corneal irregularity), or presbyopia, the need for reading glasses.

Those patients who have not been diagnosed suitable for laser eye surgery may also benefit from this revolutionary treatment.

Optical Express urges everyone to make that free, no-obligation appointment for an extensive examination with one of their highly trained optometrists - and to open their eyes to a much brighter future.

There is even a chance for members of the UK public to win this surgery, simply by registering their details on the Optical Express website.

For more information please visit: http://www.opticalexpress.co.uk/laser-eye-surgery.html

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