To mark World Optometry Day our expert store team offer their insights into eye health and answer some frequently asked questions about our industry-leading eye tests.
Q&A WITH OUR OPTOMETRISTS
How often should I have an eye test?
It is recommended to have an eye test at least every two years.
Even if you feel that there has been no change in your vision, it is always essential to have the health of your eyes checked, as your optometrist can also detect many other conditions based on your eye health. However, if you have any problems or feel that your vision has changed, it is best to attend your eye test earlier. – Brianne
What other health concerns can an eye test detect?
Eye tests can detect many other health concerns including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Autoimmune diseases
- Intracranial pressure
- Thyroid disease
What is OCT and why should I have this test?
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan, also known as an OCT scan, is an advanced piece of equipment that provides an enhanced examination your eye in greater detail. An OCT scan can view the different structures deep within your eye in greater detail by providing a 3D image. These advanced images allow your optometrist to map out and measure the different structures and layers of the retina, obtaining a more detailed view of the health of your eye.
Viewing your eye health in greater detail allows your optometrist to detect any sight treating conditions early. It is recommended to have an OCT scan even if you feel that your eye health is normal, as this allows your optometrist to obtain a baseline measurement of your eye health. Your optometrist can then compare your measurements with averages and your previous results to monitor any eye structure changes.
This can help indicate the early signs of conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular changes, before you have any symptoms. Early detection means that these conditions can be managed and treated, preventing potential sight loss. – Brianne
What advice would you offer someone who doesn’t need a prescription, but their eyes are sore from prolonged screen time working from home?
- Spend at least 20 minutes outdoors every day.
- Take a break from your screen every 20 minutes and focus your attention on to an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. The number 20 is the key!
- Keep teardrops at hand by your computer – that will remind you to use them regularly.
- Blue-light filter glasses would provide additional for reducing screen glare and avoiding eye strain. – Ana
Top eye health tip? Clean your eyelashes with neutral baby PH shampoo and put some teardrops every day before going to bed. It prevents inflammation on the eyelids amongst other benefits. – Ana
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