Specsavers in Bradford and Girlington are urging residents over 60 to book a free eye test after a new report revealed that the frequency of sight tests in older people are declining.
Free eye tests
The practices are urging residents to take advantage of the free eye tests funded by the NHS and discounted glasses for over 60s from Specsavers.
‘It’s extremely important that those over 60 have regular eye examinations,’ said optometrist director Mike Dearlove.
‘As well as detecting eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts, which are common in those over 60, regular eye tests can also help to diagnose other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.’
Check your prescription
The Generation Eye Report, published by Eye Health UK in partnership with Specsavers, also showed that almost a third of those surveyed didn’t know that wearing glasses or contact lenses with the wrong prescription could affect their eyesight, and that wearing the wrong glasses can lead to problems such as vertigo, dizziness or blurred vision.
As well as testing vision, regular eye tests can also reveal underlying health issues and wearing the right glasses can help to improve balance, coordination and mobility. NHS eye tests take just a few minutes to carry out, and it’s a great way to ensure patients are in the best possible health.
People with mobility problems can also have their eyes tested in the comfort of their own homes, with Specsavers able to arrange for a qualified optician to visit, help to select the best frame and deliver and fit them.