The importance of regular eye tests for the elderly

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Our eyesight is something we often take for granted and it is one that can degenerate with old age, which is why it is extremely important for older people to ensure they get regular eye tests.

Having an eye test doesn’t just tell you and your optician whether you need glasses or not, it’s also a good opportunity for your eye health to be checked as the test can spot any health problems or signs of eye conditions, even before any symptoms show themselves.

It is recommended that you get an eye test at least every two years, but people over 40-years-old should be tested more regularly. If you are aged 60 or over, have been diagnosed with diabetes or you have a family history of glaucoma, you are entitled to a free NHS eye test.

However, if you notice any change in your sight between eye tests, it’s important to book an urgent appointment.

Sight loss can lead to mobility problems, social isolation and puts the person at risk of more falls and could potentially lead to mistakes in taking medication if the instructions/labels cannot be seen properly.

There are many people living with unnecessary sight loss, which can easily be corrected with glasses or lenses, so it’s important to book in if you’ve noticed you’ve been struggling with seeing things recently.

As well as booking yourself or an elderly loved-one in for a regular eye test, you can also practice these top tips for maintaining healthy eyes and protecting your vision.