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Why are regular eye tests (sight tests) so important?

Having an eye test won’t only 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're aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough.

To have an eye test, visit your local opticians. To find out about your nearest optician, use the search function located on the homepage of this website.

An optician or optometrist not only performs eyesight tests and prescribes corrective lenses, they also give advice on visual problems. They are trained (for three years) to examine  eyes to detect signs of injury, disease, abnormality and defects in vision.

In addition, some general health conditions e.g. diabetes show themselves in the eye and an optometrist is also trained to detect these. They will refer patients to other healthcare professionals as appropriate.

External Link:
NHS Choices - Looking after your eyes?
Information Sheet - Information for people with a visual impairment
RNIB - Supporting People with Sight Loss
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