Why are opticians important?

Many people underestimate the importance their local practice could play in their vision and eye health. It is a very common thought that opticians can only test your vision and that people can tell themselves when their vision has worsened. This, of course, is not true. Opticians can detect a number of eye health and body health problems from looking at your eyes alone. People do not notice small changes to their eye and as a result, they could be putting more strain on them than realised.

Many eye conditions usually don’t cause any noticeable issues to the eyes in the early stages. This results in people not knowing there is anything wrong with their eye health. This makes it all the more important to see an optician even if you feel your vision hasn’t changed. Eye tests can help find conditions like Glaucoma and diabetes. Many eye conditions can be treated without them causing long-term damaged but if not found vision quality could be affected for life. In some situations, you could lose your vision completely.

You should go to your local optician at least once every two years. Depending on your current vision and health, you may be instructed to do this more regularly. If you do not currently have a local optician you visit to monitor your eye health, please use this find your local opticians tool to book an eye test today.


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