Eye Tests Preventing Vision Loss
Eye Examinations – routinely checking for Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Cataracts.
Everyone should have regular eye tests; the frequency depends on your age, your health and your risk of developing eye problems. Optometrists generally recommend that you have an eye test every one to two years.
You may need to have your eyes tested more frequently if you have a medical condition such as:
- High blood pressure
- Taking certain medications
- Family history of eye disease such as Glaucoma or Myopia
- Neurological (brain and nerve) conditions.
You may also need a more frequent eye test if you have a diagnosed eye-related condition, such as:
- Short-sightedness (myopia or near-sightedness) – difficulty focusing on objects that are in the distance
- Long-sightedness (hyperopia) – difficulty focusing on close objects
- Astigmatism – blurred or distorted vision at all distances
- Macular degeneration – loss of vision in the centre of your field of view
- Glaucoma – loss of peripheral vision
- Retinal detachment – the back layer of the eye (retina) separates from the layer of blood vessels
- Cataracts – clouding of the lens of the eye.
Children’s eyes: It is recommended to have your child’s eyes tested before they start school. Vision problems that are undetected may interfere with your child’s ability to learn and develop. Your optometrist can carry out a comprehensive eye examination to make sure that your child’s eyes are healthy. If one or more parents are short-sighted early eye testing is advised.
Philip Milford Optometrists can help you with your prescription for eyeglasses and advise you on frames and certain types of lenses and lens coatings.
Driver Vision Tests
There are a wide range of medical conditions that can affect your fitness to drive. Eye disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration are medical conditions that will require an Optometry assessment. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses whilst driving this may be recorded as a condition on your licence.
Advice on eye exercises, lighting and computer usage recommendations, dietary requirements to support eye health.
Eye exercises can help with eyestrain and may help your eyes feel better thus allowing you to perform at your maximum.
Our optometrists will be happy to help.