The importance of an eye test for the elderly

It is recommended that we have an eye test every two years, however people over the age of 40 should be tested more regularly.

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We can often take our eyesight for granted. As we age it can deteriorate, so it’s important to keep up with your regular check-ups. If you notice a sudden change in your eyesight, you should contact an optician right away.

If you are aged 60 or over, have been diagnosed with diabetes or you have a family history of glaucoma, you are entitled to a free NHS eye test.

Having an eye test doesn’t just tell you and your optician whether you need glasses or not. It’s also a good opportunity for your eye health to be checked. The test can spot any health problems or signs of eye conditions, even before any symptoms show themselves.

Sight loss can lead to mobility problems, social isolation and puts you at risk of more falls. It could potentially lead to mistakes in taking medication if the instructions/labels cannot be seen properly.

There are many people living with unnecessary sight loss. This can easily be corrected with glasses or lenses, so it’s important to book in if you’ve noticed you’ve been struggling with seeing things recently.

As well as booking yourself or an elderly loved-one in for a regular eye test, you can also practice these top tips for maintaining healthy eyes and protecting your vision.

During COVID-19 restrictions, many opticians are still open. However, we would advise calling them and discussing your issues and finding out what social distancing measures are in place.