OPTICAL practices should be the first port of call for eye-related conditions, Havant’s MP has urged.
Alan Mak said optometrists and opticians are well placed to treat minor eye conditions and carry out early diagnosis and prompt referral of a range of more serious problems.
It comes after Mr Mak visited Martin Steels Optometrist and Contact Lens Practitioner, in Emsworth to find out why regular sight tests are so important.
Practice owner Martin Steels, said: ‘A sight test is not just a check to see whether you need spectacles or not, but is also a means of ensuring your eyes are healthy.’
Mr Mak said: ‘It was great to meet Martin and his team to learn more about the services above and beyond the sight test that can be delivered in practices like this.
‘I was also very impressed with the advanced equipment in the practice – much of which is of the same standard that you would find in a hospital eye department.’
More than 1.8m people in the UK are living with sight loss.