The importance of having an eye test


Often taken for granted, our vision, is a wonderful gift and it’s incredibly beneficial to take steps to look after it. Just as you keep your body’s health and wellbeing in check, it’s important to have regular eye tests too.

Whether you feel you have perfect vision or think your eyesight may be deteriorating, an eye examination can reveal a wealth of information about your health.

In light of National Eye Awareness Week, at Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care, we want to talk more about why it’s important.

What you can’t see...

Many eye problems develop gradually and symptoms may not be clear straight away, so often people aren’t aware there’s a problem. Regular eye tests will pick up on any changes to your eyesight. In fact, vision deterioration is more likely noticed at an early stage, meaning it’s easier to slow or prevent any further deterioration.

Not only is an eye test good for monitoring your eye health, but can also help to identify potentially life-threatening health conditions. From certain signals in your eyes, an eye examination can detect an increased risk of high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Get those eyes tested

At Leightons, we offer different types of eye tests including the Ultimate Eye Examination. In our branches, we use the latest technology, such as an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)scan, which is essentially an ultrasound for eyes.Optomaptechnology is also available in certain branches, taking a detailed image of the back of the eye, allowing us to see over 80% of the retina. This allows us to monitor eye health as closely as possible.

A standard free NHS sight test can also be taken at Leightons branches for those who qualify.

Find out more information here, or contact usfor an appointment at your nearest Leightons branch.

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