Signs you may need an Eye Test

Signs you may need an eye test

Signs you may need an eye test

Getting checked for glasses by an optician could make life so much easier.

If you have any of these symptoms – its time to get an eye test.

1. Unexplained headaches
Ever get headaches after doing close-up work such as reading or working at a computer? How about after periods of distance vision, like watching TV or driving? If the answer’s yes, you need to book an appointment with the optician – glasses could really help.

2. Blurred vision
If your vision ever changes or distorts, it could be a sign you need glasses. Test yourself by regularly looking at something you see every day, such as the spine of a book or a number plate, to check whether you can still read it. Try doing this one eye at a time for a more thorough test.

3. Wavy vision
When you look at straight lines such as door or window frames and see them as wavy or kinked, there’s a chance you’re experiencing age-related macular degeneration, a common reason for needing glasses. Again, test yourself one eye at a time to double check.

4. Tired eyes and difficulty focusing
We all experience tired eyes as a symptom of everyday fatigue, but when it’s a persistent problem that occurs after common activities like driving and reading, it’s well worth getting your eyes tested by an optician.

5. Painful or red eyes
Healthy eyes shouldn’t hurt or appear red; if they do, there’s a chance you’ve got an eye condition that needs to be seen to by an optician.
Blurred or misty vision is another common vision-related ailment that you should get checked out professionally. These symptoms could be an early sign of cataracts, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, which opticians can help you with alongside the usual long-sighted or short-sighted examinations.

Book your eye test today at your local McGreals Opticians or online here.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois
Telephone: 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Telephone: 045 525 580

6 Tips for Eye Health and Maintaining Good Eyesight

Don’t take your eyes for granted. Protect your sight with these six tips:

1. Eat for Good Vision
Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts, studies show. Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:

Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
Oysters and pork

Eating a well-balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

2. Quit Smoking
Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and started smoking again, keep trying. The more times you try to quit smoking, the more likely you are to succeed.

3. Wear Sunglasses
The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration.

Choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare when driving.

If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for more protection, though.

4. Use Safety Eyewear
If you work with hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time.

Certain sports such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection (such as helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses) to shield your eyes.

5. Look Away From the Computer Screen
Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause:

Eyestrain
Blurry vision
Trouble focusing at a distance
Dry eyes
Headaches
Neck, back, and shoulder pain
Taking the following steps to protect your eyes:

Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date and adequate for computer use.
Some people may need glasses to help with contrast, glare, and eye strain when using a computer.
Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
Try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
If your eyes are dry, blink more.
Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every 2 hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.

6. Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Everyone, even young children, should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and see your best.

Eye exams can also find some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat.

Book an eye test at McGreals Opticians located in Blessington Co Wicklow and Baltinglass, Co Wicklow.