People in North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth can maintain good eyesight by visiting their Optician for a regular eye test, leading a healthy lifestyle can also contribute to having healthy eyes.
It's easy to neglect your eyes because they rarely hurt when there's a problem.
Having an eye test won’t only tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, it’s also an important eye health check. It can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you're aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough.
Anyone can develop sight problems, but some people have a higher risk of eye disease. It's especially important to have regular eye tests if you are:
- above 60 years old
- from certain ethnic groups; for example, people from African-Caribbean communities are at greater risk of developing glaucoma and diabetes, and people from south Asian communities are at a greater risk of developing diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy, in which the retina becomes damaged, is a common complication of diabetes
- someone with a learning disability
- from a family with a history of eye disease
You can find out where your nearest Optician is by visiting www.nhs.uk