The Importance of Eye Tests

It may come as a surprise but many elderly people are unaware of their fading vision or think it is normal to fade with age.

In very many cases new spectacles and professional advice will help them improve their sight to a level that will allow them to continue performing the everyday tasks that they need to do, and the hobbies and pastimes that they want to follow.

A regular eye examination will detect the presence of many eye problems from the need for spectacles to the requirement for referral for treatment.

It is not uncommon for an Optometrist to discover and refer previously undetected cataract or glaucoma, which can be treated relatively easily, and which would have resulted in blindness if left untreated.

People with another common condition, age related macular degeneration, which for the majority of cases is untreatable, can be advised how to make the most of the vision they do have, how to preserve the vision they do have and about visual aids that are available to them.

Everyone over the age of 60 should be encouraged to have their eyes examined every 2 years and for those over 70 every year, this is available under the NHS.

If they are unable to leave home unaccompanied, they are entitled to an NHS sight test in their own home.

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