People across Ayrshire are being urged to keep tabs on their eye health and get regular check ups all year round.

National Eye Health Week runs from September 20-26, but people across the regions should be keeping an eye on their health at all times and get advice if they notice any changes to their sight.

Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Sharon Dowey is keen for everyone in Ayrshire to do their best for their own eye health.

She said: “National Eye Health Week serves as a great reminder for residents in Ayrshire to attend their local opticians for an eye examination.

“Keeping your eyes healthy is really important. After all, we use them every day, so you want to take care of them.

“An eye examination can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma but often these conditions can be treated if discovered early, meaning routine examinations can make a world of difference if carried out regularly.”

Julie Mosgrove, vice-chair of Optometry Scotland supported the MSP’s call: “We are pleased to see Sharon Dowey MSP raising this important issue with her constituents.

“We agree and continue to stress the importance of attending regular eye examinations as this is a vital health check that can detect a number of conditions and prevent avoidable sight loss.

“We hope this call to action is successful in raising awareness in the Ayrshire area.”