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Why the health of your eyes says so much about your general wellbeing

Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Why the health of your eyes says so much about your general wellbeing
IF YOU HAVE a persistent stomachache, you go to the doctor. Toothache? You go to the dentist. It’s not rocket science. But most people only go to their optician if they think they need a new prescription for contact lenses or glasses. And, if the truth be told, we might only ever go to the optician when we want a new pair of specs and may as well have our eyes tested while we’re at it.

But did you know your optician can tell from your eye exam – or eye check as Boots Opticians are now calling it – much more about the general state of your health. Diabetes, for example, can be detected easily and early with an eye test – and your optician knows what to look for.

Get your eyes tested regularly – whether you think you need to or not.

Obviously, conditions that relate directly to the eye can be picked up with an eye test – it’s what it’s there for. But the trouble is, patients are often totally unaware of a potentially damaging disease until it’s too late.

Glaucoma is a disease that effectively kills the optic nerve – the roadway that transmits images from your eye to your brain. It is treatable but like many other devastating conditions, the earlier the problem is found, the better. An optician can also detect the beginnings cataracts before they start to cloud your vision permanently.

Macular degeneration – if you like being able to put a face to a name, keep it that way with regular eye checks.

Age-related macular degeneration typically affects adults who are 50 years old and over. It is a condition of the retina which leaves sufferers unable to see in the very centre of their field of view. The peripheral view is usually unaffected so you can go about your normal day-to-day business but recognising peoples’ faces or reading a number plate at a distance can be problematic or impossible. Again, get your eyes tested regularly and get treatment before it becomes a serious problem.

Can you get FREE eye tests?

If you work using a computer, you’re pregnant or diabetic, you may qualify for free eye tests, eye care, glasses and contact lenses. If you do work using a computer, ask your HR people how to go about getting a free eye test.

Then book a test with your optician – whether it’s Boots Opticians, Specsavers or a high-street independent – and be sure to get a copy of the prescription (it’s your legal right to be able to obtain it). That way you can come to GetLenses and save enormous amounts of cash compared to traditional opticians in the high street if you opt for contact lenses.
Posted By +Brendan O'Brien


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