Keep Your Eyes in Check with Our Opticians in Walsall
5th November 2019
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Do you ensure you or your children have regular visits to opticians in Walsall? Find all the information you need here on why regular eye tests and check ups are important!

Why are regular eye tests important?

Often, a lot of people forget about their eyes, this can be a problem as often eyes do not hurt when there is an issue...

As well as telling you if you need new glasses or a new prescription, an eye health check will allow an optician to spot a variety of health problems that would otherwise go unnoticed.

It is recommended to make regular trips to the opticians to ensure your eye health is tip top!

How often should your eyes be tested?

According to the NHS, it is recommended that you should have your eyes tested every 2 years. However you may be advised to have them tested more often by your optometrist.

Always consult your optician if you're unsure as to how often your eyes should be tested.

Noticed a change in your vision?

If you've noticed a change in your sight that's causing you concern, make sure to contact your optician or GP. They will be able to offer you the best advice suited to you.

Worried about risk of eye disease?

Some people can be more at risk of eye diseases that others, therefore it is imperative that you have regular eye health check ups if you...

  • Have a family history of eye disease.
  • Are older than 60 years of age.
  • Are from certain ethnic groups - people from African-Caribbean communities are at greater risk of developing glaucoma and diabetes. People from south Asian communities are at greater risk of developing diabetes.
  • Are someone with a learning disability.

Concerned about your child's vision?

It is known that children do not tend to complain or moan about their vision, however they may start to show signs of struggling to see.

There are certain things to keep a look out for, these include...

  • Contact eye rubbing
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Holding object such as books and games etc too close to their faces
  • Unusual blinking, such as blinking too much
  • One eye turning in or not

How can I look after my eyes?

There are a variety of ways that you can ensure your eye health is kept the best it can be... The most important thing is to ensure you are visiting an optician regularly and ensuring you are having eye tests carried out by a qualified professional!
Other things you can do to ensure your eye health is...
  • Protect your eyes from the sun - looking directly at the sun can cause irreversible damage to your eyesight, potentially leading the blindness.
  • Drink with responsibly, following the recommended limits - heavy alcohol consumption may increase your chances of developing early age related macular degeneration.
  • Give up smoking - smokers are again more at risk of developing age related macular degeneration.

If you're concerned about your eye health, it's recommended that you visited a trusted and professional optician and eye health specialist.

Have a look at our recommended opticians in Walsall here.

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Alex M

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My name is Alex Murray. I am passionate about what goes on in and around Walsall. I hope you find my blog to be interesting and thought provoking. Please feel free to give me your feedback.

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