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Eyesight is important and you do not appreciate how much until you start to lose it.
Everyone should have regular checks with an optician but there are certain groups of patients particularly at risk.
- Children with a family history of squint or 'lazy eye'
- Patients with diabetes or high blood pressure
- Patients with a family history of glaucoma
Can you read this?
H V O A P N R S T
If you cannot read this from 18" in front of your eyes to arms length you may need glasses and you should consult your optician.
Your optician has the skill, equipment and expertise to test your eyesight more readily than your doctor. Make use of him/her and do not be put off by examination charges. Your sight is worth so much more.
You will be exempt from these fees anyway if you are in one of the following categories.
- Under 16
- Under 19 and in full time education
- Receiving income support
- Receiving, or the partner of someone receiving family credit.
- Registered blind or partially sighted
- Suffering from Glaucoma, or have a family history of Glaucoma (parent, sibling, or child a sufferer) and you are 40 or over.
One thing which can be frightening is the sudden appearance of blood over the white of the eye. This is called a subconjunctival haemorrhage, and is caused by a broken vessel. It is no danger to your sight, but it is worth getting a non-urgent appointment for the doctor to check your blood pressure. The blood itself will naturally absorb like a bruise.
Even very young children should/can have a sight test. They do not need to be able to read or recognise letters to be adequately tested.
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