Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has visited a local optometrist to highlight the importance of regular eye tests.
The Plaid Cymru Leader dropped into Davies and Jones on Hannah Street in Porth to learn more about how community optometrists can help save sight, diagnose, manage and treat eye conditions.
Practice Owner Ian Jones said: “Regular eye examinations are an important health check-up and can play a vital role in the detection of various health conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
“We are proud to have Leanne visit us as part of our commitment to the Wales Eye Care Service which allows patients in Wales to access eye care across Wales free of charge to those how meet the criteria.
“We hope that Leanne’s visit will encourage as many people as possible to have regular sight tests.
“With more than half of all sight loss in the UK being recognised as avoidable, we are really pleased that the Wales Eye Care Service still provides us with the opportunity to see our patients close to their homes, in the community.”
Leanne added: “Optometrists have a vital role in keeping people healthy. It is important to make sure that regular tests are taken to ensure that eye health is maintained. Optometry Wales say that most eye problems can be managed better if detected early enough.
“There is also the potential for optometrists to take more pressure off the NHS if better use was made of their ability to scan for common eye disorders.
“This would free up the time of hospital consultants, thereby allowing them to concentrate on the more specialist case load they have.”