Eye Care

Eye Care

Eye Examinations

Having an eye examination at least once every two years should be part of everyone’s health care routine. Many causes of sight loss are preventable if they are caught early by visiting an optometrist.

However, if you have a diagnosed eye condition it would be wise to have a sight test every twelve months. This also applies if you have diabetes, you should usually be invited for annual screening by the health service as it is very important that your vision is monitored.

Anyone with a family history of glaucoma and over the age of 40 should have annual checks which most importantly includes a test for the pressure in the eye. As glaucoma classically affects the field vision first, major irreparable damage can be done before someone notices.

St Paul’s eye unit Royal Liverpool Hospital
www.rlbuht.nhs.uk/Ophthalmology/Pages/Default.aspx

Aintree University Hospital
www.nhs.uk/Services/hospitals/Services/Service/DefaultView.aspx

St Helens Eye Clinic
www.sthk.nhs.uk/pages/Departments.aspx

Prevention of Blindness

While there is no failsafe method to prevent eye conditions developing, there are certain lifestyle choices you can make to improve your chances of retaining your sight.

Quit Smoking

Smoking has been proven to increase the chances of age-related macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of sight loss. It has also been linked to an increased likelyhood of cataracts.

Cut Down on Alcohol

Alcohol in large quantities may increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. “Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.” – from the NHS Website

Protect Your Eyes from Sun

UV rays damage your eyes. On sunny days always wear your sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat. Never look at the sun directly. Make sure you buy good quality dark sunglasses that carry the CE mark or British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013. This ensures they offer a safe level of UV protection.