Thursday 23 November 2017

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Don’t scrimp on eye tests

Even though budgets are tight, we still need to take good care of our eyes.

Research has shown that consumers in Ireland are delaying visits to health professionals as a result of the recession*.

Those who have decided to delay eye examinations in a drive to make ends meet are encouraged to reconsider and book an appointment. The Association of Optometrists Ireland recommends that you have your eyes checked at least every two years and more often when your optometrist advises. Certain patients, such as diabetics, should have an annual eye examination. Many eye conditions are hereditary so family members need to be informed when a relative is diagnosed with an eye condition.

A full eye examination, including digital retinal photography, can also detect a wide range of sight or life-threatening conditions. If you have any signs of potential eye problems, you should go to your GP or optician for a complete eye exam:

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye strain
  • Have frequent headaches
  • See spots floating in your vision
  • Find it difficult to see at night
  • Have double vision
  • Find it difficult to focus on near or distant objects
  • Find it unusually difficult to adjust to dark rooms
  • Find your vision is slow to adjust when looking at a different distance
  • Words appear jumbled up and unclear on the page when reading
  • Squint or blink a lot
  • Have dry eyes with itching or burning
  • Unusual sensitivity to light or glare
  • Notice a change in the colour of your iris
  • See a dark spot at the centre of your vision
  • Find that lines and edges appear distorted or wavy
  • Have excess tearing or 'watery eyes'

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