Specsavers recommends everyone should have an eye test every two years as almost everyone experiences changes to their vision once they reach their 40s.
People often start to notice that they are having to strain their eyes more to bring something into focus or can’t read as well in dim lighting. This is because eyes lose their ability to focus as the lenses become less flexible and the muscles around them become less efficient.
This process is called presbyopia and it makes it more difficult for eyes to adjust between distance and reading vision.
What are the signs of Presbyopia?
Paul Cooper, store director, says: ‘Presbyopia can be alarming if you’ve never had any problems with your eyesight before. It doesn’t mean something is seriously wrong with your eyes but it is a natural process which happens to everyone eventually.
‘Most people first notice their vision is changing when they start straining their eyes to see their phone properly or have to hold it further away to bring the screen into focus.'
Paul continues: 'Some people also experience more tiredness, headaches or blurred vision. If you’re finding that you are having to hold the newspaper at arm’s length or you can’t read a menu properly in a dimly lit restaurant, then it’s probably time to visit your optician for an eye test.’
Eye tests are a vital health check
Eye tests are not just about checking your sight, they are also a vital health check and an eye examination can pick up symptoms of a number of other conditions. If you have noticed that your eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need glasses but if you do our staff will find the perfect eyewear solution for you.
This could even be contact lenses which can give you all – around clear vision without glasses. Specsavers stocks a huge range of lenses, including multifocals, which are ideal for people with presbyopia.
Everyone’s vision is different so when you come to Specsavers your eye test is tailored to you, using the latest technology and techniques. This may include digital retinal photography, which takes a very detailed picture of the back of the eyes and helps the optician record any changes which you may not be aware of yet.