IGA urges the public not to cut back on eye tests

June 3, 2009

The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is urging people not to cut back on eye tests due to the recession.

The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is urging people not to cut back on eye tests due to the recession. It is estimated that the total cost of sight loss in the UK alone is £4.8 billion a year. June 8th–14th is National Glaucoma Awareness Week in the UK and a campaign is urging everyone over the age of 40 to have a sight test at least once every two years.

David Wright, chief executive officer of the IGA commented: "A comprehensive eye test for glaucoma including all three glaucoma tests is painless and quick and amazingly good value for money when compared with the consequences of losing your vision.

"Let us not come out of this recession, whenever that may be, with a recession legacy of blind and partially sighted people who had 'nothing wrong with their sight' when they decided not to have their eyes tested."

Doctors can obtain free posters and leaflets by calling +44 1233 648170 or email info@iga.org.uk