A. Two years is the maximum time between eye tests and is appropriate for most people between the ages of 16 and 70 as recommended by the NHS. Older people, children, those with diabetes or at increased risk of glaucoma should be seen every year. Your optometrist may well recommend an early retest for other reasons or if there is any concern over other conditions such as early cataract.
Remember – you don’t have to wait for a reminder. If you are having problems or have any concerns about your eyes you can return for an eye test at any time.
A. There is increasing evidence to show that living and eating healthily helps to maintain healthy eyes and vision. In particular smoking has been shown to increase the risk of eye problems and even sight loss. Protection from UV light is important too, as excess UV in the long term is linked to earlier cataract formation and possible macular degeneration. A healthy diet including oily fish and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables is valuable and is being linked to improved macular health.
A. Diabetes can cause damage to the back of your eyes and sight loss. When the condition is caught early, treatment is effective at reducing or preventing damage to your sight.
Everyone ages 12 and over with diabetes is offered screening once a year. Diabetic retinopathy is extremely unusual in children with diabetes who are under the ages of 12.
The check takes about half an hour and involves examining the back of your eyes, drops are inserted into both eyes to dilate the pupils and photographs taken of the retina.
A. No, all glasses will do is make you see more clearly and comfortably.
A. Any age. Many health authorities screen children at around 3 years of age, but if you are concerned, or is there are any members of your family with eye problems, then it’s best to have your child’s eyes tested sooner.
A. Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, becomes damaged.
Glaucoma doesn’t usually have any symptoms to begin with and is only picked up during a routine eye test.
Your risk of getting glaucoma is linked to:
A. Don’t use dry tissue! – this will cause fine scratches on your lenses, you can use soapy water and a soft cloth.
If your glasses have anti-glare coating they should only be cleaned with a special cloth and spray.
A. Many people are entitled to a free NHS-funded eye test, including everyone aged 60 or over. Those on various benefits, under 16’s or under 19’s in education, are entitled to the eye test and help towards their glasses. The full list is below:
You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if you come into one of the following groups:
You’re also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:
If you’re named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may get some help towards the cost of your sight test.
You will also get a voucher towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses if one of the following applies:
Here at R Millicans we offer a range of complete spectacles at the voucher price. You may of course decide you want to “trade up” – but if you have a voucher there will always be glasses you can have completely free. And even if you are not entitled to a voucher towards your glasses cost, there will always be budget choices available.