Our eyes are an important part of our health. It is recommended that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. However, in some circumstances, you may require a sight test more frequently; for example if you:
• are a child wearing glasses
• have diabetes
• are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
• are aged 70 or over
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil.
This sight threatening condition is known as the “thief of sight”.
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases which affect the pressure in the eye. As the pressure of the fluid in the eye increases, it pushes on the delicate nerves at the back of the eye, which enable us to see.
Age Related Macular Degeneration
This sight-threatening condition affects 1 in 10 people over the age of 50.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes can affect all of your body including your eyes. Poorly controlled blood sugars in people with diabetes can cause early irreversible vision loss so if you have diabetes it is very important to have your eyes checked yearly for signs of diabetic eye disease.