Why are regular eye tests so important?

It is easy to neglect your eyes because they rarely hurt when there’s a problem.

Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription- it’s also an important eye health check.

It can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you are aware of any symptoms, many of which can be treated if found early enough.

How often should I have an eye test?

Optometrists recommend that everyone has an eye test about every two years. People over 40 may need sight tests more frequently.

What should I do if I notice a change in my sight?

Visit your optician or GP if you are concerned about any aspect of your vision at any time.

Are some people more at risk from eye disease than others?

Anyone can develop sight problems, but some people have a higher risk of eye disease.

It is especially important to have regular eye tests if you are;

» Above 60 years’ old

» Someone with a learning disability

» From a family with a history of eye disease

What else can I do to look after my eyes?

Give up smoking

Smokers are much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration and cataracts compared with non-smokers.

Get Moving

While it might seem odd that exercise can help the eyes, it can be important. Research shows that exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss, which can occur as a result of high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowing or hardening of the arteries.

Eat healthily

A healthy, balanced diet that includes a wide variety of fruit and vegetables will benefit your overall health, and may help keep the retina healthy.

Drink within the recommended limits

Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of early age-related macular degeneration.

Protect your eyes from the sun

Never look at the sun directly, even when something exciting is happening, such as an eclipse. Doing so can cause irreversible damage to your eyesight and even lead to blindness. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses can help protect your eyes from UV rays. The College of Optometrists recommends buying good quality dark sunglasses- these needn’t be expensive.

In the workplace if an employee requests an eye test you are required to provide one. If the test shows that the employee needs glasses specifically for DSE work, you must pay for a basic pair of frames and lenses.

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Sources

Nhs.co.uk