At REACT Technologies, we work closely with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to ensure the technology we produce can help blind or visually impaired people live a full, active and independent life.

The month of August is National Eye Exam Month, so what better time to hear from the experts why you should take care of your optical health as much as your physical health.

Your eye health is often not thought of as often as it should, but It’s imperative that you visit an optician as often as you visit any other medical practitioner, whether you have 20/20 vision or you wear glasses already. A regular eye test allows you to ensure you are given the right optical care, and can check for early signs of degenerative problems like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachments.

If that’s not enough, regular eye tests can show other health symptoms such as high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer.

In the UK, it’s recommended by the NHS that everyone has their eyes tested every 2 years, however, research by Specsavers and the RNIB found that 13.8 million people in the UK aren’t getting their eyes tested regularly.

Eye tests are also important for people with a pre-existing eye condition, from a slight visual impairment to full or partial blindness. Going for regular check-ups help the experts keep track of your progress, and can recommend effective corrective solutions if they notice a deterioration in the condition of your eyes.

At REACT Technologies, we know first-hand the struggle that people with visual impairments face each and every day. Even the little things like making a cup of tea can be a challenge, let alone the big things like getting out of the house to visit friends or pick up groceries. That’s why, particularly in National Eye Exam month, it’s important to get your eyes checked on a regular basis.

You can find out more about National Eye Exam Month here.