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Charity Calls for help to spread the word on eye health


National Eye Health Week 23 – 29 September 2024

The organisers of National Eye Health Week (NEHW) are inviting everyone in optics to support this year’s awareness campaign (23-29 September 2024) and help spread the word on eye health.

National Eye Health Week is the biggest and most effective independent public eye health campaign in the UK, sharing important eye care advice with tens of millions of people every year. However, there are still many in optics who are missing the opportunity to join the conversation and shout about the vital role eye care practitioners play in keeping Britain healthy.

David Cartwright, chair of Eye Health UK, the charity responsible for running NEHW comments: “Good eye care is essential for good general health, yet awareness of its importance remains low across important groups, including the public and policy-makers. Far too many people don’t currently access primary eye care services and continue to adopt lifestyle habits that needlessly increase their risk of living with sight loss or poor eye health.

NEHW provides a unique platform to put eye care at the heart of the NHS’ prevention programme, ensuring early detection of disease and encouraging individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices.

David continues: “If the entire sector joined forces to raise the profile of optics, we could ensure important messages about eye care get heard and help make a positive difference to the state of the nation’s eye health. In-fact, it could be a real game-changer for optics.”

Details about the daily themes and some exciting new initiatives launching for NEHW 2024 will be unveiled in the spring, in the meantime though here are five simple ways individuals and organisations can start preparing for this important awareness-raising week…

SAVE THE DATE! Put 23-29 September in your diary and get ready to spread the word on eye health.

REGISTER FOR FREE RESOURCES. Email your name, business name and contact details to to register to receive a free promotional toolkit

FOLLOW & SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Join the conversation on your social channels by following Instagram @NationalEyeHealthWeek Twitter @myvisionmatters & Facebook @NationalEyeHealthWeek