Today marks the start of National Eye Health Week 2018. This year the focus is on raising awareness of the importance of sight tests.

Everyone should have a sight test at least once every two years. A sight test not only checks your vision but is an essential health check too.

“A sight test is a vital check on the health of the eyes and includes the detection of eye conditions. Many of these, if found early, can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss. A sight test can also detect other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes”

Taken from VisionMatters

You may need to have a sight test more often if you:

  • are a child wearing glasses
  • have diabetes
  • are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
  • are aged 70 or over

If you are not sure then you should check with your optician.

You can get your sight test at a local optician, many supermarkets now also have an optician service located within. In England, Northern Ireland & Wales you qualify for a free NHS sight test if you are:

  • Aged under 16
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 in full-time education
  • Claiming benefit (i.e. Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit). If you are receiving Tax Credits you may also be entitled to help on the NHS.
  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

If you haven’t had your eyes tested in the past two years then book your test today.