Focus on eye health with regular check-ups

We all know just how important looking after our eyesight is, yet with time being such a precious commodity, many of us only think to book an eye test if we suspect there’s a problem with our vision.

In fact, a report by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Specsavers revealed that almost 14 million people in the UK don’t have their eyes tested every two years, as is recommended by experts.

Yet, by having a regular eye check, a whole range of problems can be quickly and easily detected. While having good vision is important, being able to see clearly doesn’t necessarily mean all is well with our eye health.

An eye test doesn’t just check your sight, it also allows opticians to look for a range of health conditions and eye problems that could become more serious if left untreated, such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes.

“Conditions that can often affect our eyes over the age of 40 range from high blood pressure to age-related macular degeneration and can be detected by an optician during a regular eye examination,” explains Dr Nigel Best, Specsavers’ clinical spokesman. “The earlier any such conditions are picked up, the higher the chance of successfully treating them, which is why we recommend eye tests every two years.”

To help raise awareness of the importance of having regular eye tests, Specsavers is working with the International Glaucoma

Association (IGA) on a campaign to coincide with World Glaucoma Week, which runs until Saturday. Often described as the “thief of sight” due to its gradual onset, Glaucoma affects 600,000 people in the UK and more than 64 million worldwide. Karen Osborn, chief executive of the IGA, says: “Most people in the UK have a slow developing form of glaucoma. We estimate that half of all cases are undiagnosed and people are unaware that they could be slowly losing their sight.”

While Glaucoma is just one of the many eye conditions that is more easily managed the earlier it is detected, it is currently the leading cause of irreversible blindness across the world. “At least half of all sight loss is preventable,” adds Sally Harvey, CEO of the RNIB. “But regular eye tests and early detection, followed by timely intervention and management of eye health conditions, could help save your sight.”

So don’t keep putting that overdue eye test off, visit to book an appointment now.

Trying on glasses in store

Eye examinations don’t just tell you whether you need glasses, they also detect underlying eye conditions and a range of other health problems. These include:


An eye examination can reveal early signs of glaucoma. Early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of vision loss.

High blood pressure

If your blood pressure is raised this may be apparent when an optometrist examines the blood vessels in the back of your eye.

Age-related macular degeneration

This eye condition can cause loss of central vision and can be detected by looking for changes to your retina during an eye examination. However, some types can be slowed down with the right treatment.


As many as 550,000 people in the UK have undiagnosed diabetes, which can lead to sight loss. An eye examination can detect the first signs.


Your optometrist can make sure you are referred for treatment for your cataracts at the right time, usually when they are making day-to-day activities difficult.

Cardiovascular disease

Eye examinations can pick up signs of cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Treatment from your doctor can reduce the risk of stroke.

Visit to book your eye test now