So how do you see yourself entering this New Year - become vegetarian? Choose nourishing relationships and relinquish tired ones? Read the Guardian properly? More work-life balance perhaps? An exercise routine infused with pleasure and less procrastination? A less-is-more approach to your wardrobe? How about tackling some of this with an integrative Mind Body complete MOT health check, starting with your eyes. It makes sense. Your eyes are the most utilised muscle in your body with over 2 million working parts and the ability to process 36,000 units of data per hour. Your eyes are actually always on the move (REM) even when you’re asleep! They process how you feel, interpret and perceive the world.
So why don’t we take better care of them?
Our eyes appear to be most neglected when we are in the prime of our lives. Perhaps that’s when we feel most invincible/immortal in our fast paced lives. Statistically speaking and, according to the RNIB: ‘There are an estimated two million people in the UK who are living with sight loss, but a staggering 50 per cent of these cases are believed to be preventable. Almost half (47 per cent) of all adults aged 34 or younger have not had an eye test in the last two years.’ Sight testing is about checking the health of your eyes as well as optimising vision. A twenty minute visit every two years can actually help detect underlying health conditions. With the advances in technology, Concept have invested in 3D OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography).
In the realms of Star Wars this is an advanced screening system that checks the health of your eyes. Coupled with a skilled optometrist (that’s our Jim!), this major leap forward in digital photography means we can check on any ocular condition and manifestation of systemic disease which can be present in the eyes including: glaucoma, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreous detachments and blood-related diseases that have a propensity for quietly damaging the eye. Jim Brennan from Concept Eye Clinic in Gosforth says: “Experience has taught us that the earlier we can detect symptoms, the better the outcome for our patients.”
So make your resolution and let’s get into the habit please.
Join a Concept Club in January and get a FREE OCT scan (worth £75).