Having good vision is something that many of us take for granted but it is not guaranteed.
Regular eye tests
Anybody of any age can develop problems with their eyes which is why it is so important to have regular eye tests.
Don’t forget eye tests are free under the NHS in Scotland so it costs nothing to keep on top of your vision.
An eye examination will, of course, tell you if you could benefit from corrective lenses, but it can also reveal so much more about your general health.
The examination can sometimes detect signs of various health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma and, although rare, even life-threatening tumours.
Rubena Kerr, store director of Specsavers in Lanark, explained: ‘An eye examination is essential to ensure your eyes are in top condition and is also a vital health check for a whole range of other conditions.
‘We typically recommend going for an eye check every two years, no matter if you have a prescription or not, unless advised otherwise. Certain groups, such as those thought to be at risk of certain eye diseases, may be advised to have an eye test more frequently.’
Today’s state-of-the-art technology ensures your eye examination is an extremely thorough check of your eye health.
A machine called an auto-refractor will measure how well your eyes focus, and a tonometer, which uses a puff of air to check your eye pressure, can help to pick up early signs of glaucoma.
Meanwhile a slit lamp (a powerful, illuminated microscope), lets the optician examine the health of your eyes from front to back, and check for abnormalities.
Rubena added: ‘Your optician will talk you though the test and you are free to ask as many questions as you need to. If you do require glasses we’ll pass your notes on to one of our lens and frame stylists who will be at the ready to help you in choosing your new glasses or contact lenses.’