If you are over the age of 60 you qualify for a free NHS funded sight test every 2 years. The test is vital for checking the general health of your eyes.

Opticians will check peripheral vision as well as your straight ahead sight. They will look for any age-related changes and conditions such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. All of these can lead to deteriorating vision or even sight loss. The earlier problems are detected the better it is.

Plan to have an eye test every 2 years, more often if your optician advises. Whether you are living at home or in a care home make sure checks are regular – even if you think your sight is alright. If you believe your vision has changed or is changing get it checked as soon as possible.

If you are unhappy with the service you receive from the optician tell them. If you are not happy with the answers you get contact the Optical Consumer Complaints Service.

UK Charities which offer help or advice to those with eye problems

Macular Society
International Glaucoma Association (UK based)
The Partially Sighted Society
Fight for Sight