Ask the Optician: Why should I have an eye test?

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Ask the Optician: Why should I have an eye test?

Leighton Griffiths from Specsavers Marbella explains the importance of regular eye tests…

RATHER than answer a series of questions, this month I want to address one important point in depth, as too many people fail to have regular eye tests.

Many problems with the eyes have no symptoms, so you should have a check up with your optometrist every two years.

More frequent checks are advised for the over 60s or those with a family history of glaucoma or a condition such as diabetes, for they are more at risk of certain eye diseases.

While many people know that a routine eye test can identify sight-related illnesses such as glaucoma and cataracts, a it is less known that the same eye test could help identify signs of serious medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and brain tumours.

Recent advances in technology, such as digital retinal photography, are helping to identify changes that might be associated with certain eye conditions.

If an eye test does reveal something, the optician will refer you directly to your hospital or general practitioner for further medical examination. Effective treatment relies on an early diagnosis, so it’s vital to have a regular eye test – even if everything seems OK.

There are Specsavers stores in Fuengirola and Marbella and digital retinal photography is included in eye tests as standard. To book an eye test or find your nearest store visit specsavers.es

 

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