Why have an Eye Health Check?
Many people in Britain haven’t had an eye test since childhood and only bother to get their eyes tested when their vision is impaired. This is often too late to treat serious eye diseases.
One of the most common causes of blindness is glaucoma. It is asymptomatic, so you won’t know you’ve got it unless you get your eyes tested. This is why glaucoma is often referred to the ‘silent thief of sight‘. If you lose your sight to glaucoma, you can’t get it back.
Having your eyes tested shouldn’t just be done just to check if you need glasses. It should be done to detect serious eye diseases, such as age related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. This will ensure they can be identified early enough to successfully treat.
This is particularly important if you are over the age of 40, which is when the eyes may start to deteriorate and risk of glaucoma and AMD increases.
Many causes of sight loss are preventable if caught early. Having your eyes tested regularly is the best way to ensure you maintain good visual quality of life.