SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Stewart Stevenson has backed Eye Health Week and its role in promoting eye health.
Mr Stevenson spoke during a Parliamentary debate calling for the recognition of campaigns like Eye Health Week. Stevenson called for the recognition of the good work of those in the sector and for the continuing need to promote eye health as a vital part of overall health.
He said: “Eye Health Week is a great opportunity for us. It’s a chance for us to promote the great work across the sector- the work of eye care charities, organisations and health professionals. It’s important for us to recognise the constructive contribution they make to Scotland’s health.
“At the same time there is room for us to increase awareness. There are still significant numbers of people that don’t know eye examinations are free in Scotland. The Scottish Government put free exams in place to benefit the health of everyone in Scotland. It’s essential that we raise awareness and get people to take advantage of it.
“As someone who has encountered various eye health issues myself- I know personally how important it is to take care of your eyes. Eye health is central to overall health and there are vast social and economic benefits to improving it. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free exams and get in touch with their local eye care professionals.”